This article is based upon a study undertaken by The Institute of Urban Research of The University of Connecticut under a grant from the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. The author extends her appreciation to Morton J. Tenzer for his comments and contributions to this formulation. For an extended version with full citations and bibliography, see “Interpreting Municipal Expenditures,” in Richard C. Rich, ed. (1981) Analyzing Urban Service Distributions. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, forthcoming.
SERVICE NEEDS AND MUNICIPAL EXPENDITURES*
Article first published online: 9 SEP 2005
Policy Studies Journal
Volume 9, Issue 7, pages 1021–1030, June 1981
How to Cite
Lewis, C. W. (1981), SERVICE NEEDS AND MUNICIPAL EXPENDITURES. Policy Studies Journal, 9: 1021–1030. doi: 10.1111/j.1541-0072.1981.tb01210.x
- Issue published online: 9 SEP 2005
- Article first published online: 9 SEP 2005
The difficulties involved in assessing the meaning of municipal expenditures are examined in view of the fact that dependency upon municipal services varies among and within jurisdictions. A cross-sectional analysis of spending in the five largest cities in Connecticut illustrates how considerations of human needs can affect the interpretation of spending (although they do not alter legal obligations or the financial reality of fiscal conditions). The possibilities and limitations associated with this approach to municipal expenditures are conveyed in terms of questions of public policy.