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Boundaries, Districts and Finance

The Boundaries, Districts and Finance program investigates the design, development, and fiscal impacts of formal institutions. This research program encompasses two distinct subprojects: Boundaries & Districts, and Local Government Finance. The Boundaries and Districts program is focused on historically and empirically testing explanations for boundary change based on a collective action theory and examining the roles of institutions, incentives, and entrepreneurs in local boundary changes including annexation, municipal incorporation, charter schools, homeowner associations, special districts, and city-county consolidations. The Finance program investigates the influence of different institutions and governance structures on local government policy and fiscal choices. An institutional transaction cost framework is applied to identify how formal and informal institutions shape the incentives of local government elected officials and administrators.


Review Essay


"Incentives, Enterpreneurs, and Boundary Change: A Collective Action Framework"


New and Ongoing Projects


A model of annexation, incorporation and districts
This research investigates the choices among boundary instruments and complimentary or substitutive relationships among them by tacking governance of unincorporated areas over several decades.




Leon-Moreta, Agustin. 2013. Essays On Local Government Organization In The United States, 1940-2000 (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Farmer, Jayce. 2008. Institutional Collective Action and Special Purpose Governments: Special District Formation and Regional Governance (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Zhang, Yahong. 2007. Local Official's Incentives and Policy-Making: Through the Lens of the Politics-Administration Relationship (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


MacDonald, Lynn. 2006. The Determinants of Government Structure and Its Impact on Public Expenditure and House Prices (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Bae, Sang-Seok. 2006. Public Economics, Institutions, and Local Government Debt Financing (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Johnson, Linda. 2005. Constitutional Change in Local Governance: An Exploration of Institutional Entrepreneurs, Procedural Safeguards, and Selective Incentives (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Murdaugh, James T. 2005. An Examination of the Nature of Turnover Among Florida Police Chiefs (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Jeong, Moon-Gi. 2004. Local Land Use Choices: Development Impact Fees in Florida (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Carr, Jered. 2002. The Political Economy of Local Government Boundary Change: State Laws, Local Actors and Collective Action (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


McCabe, Barbara. 1997. Revenue Structure and the Grass Roots (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.




Papers and Publications


Jeong, Moon-Gi Jeong. 2007. "Local Political Structure, Administrative Capacity, and Revenue Policy Choice," State and Local Government Review 39 (2): 84-95.


McCabe, Barbara, Richard Feiock, James Clingermayer, and Christopher Stream. 2007. "Turnover among City Managers: The Role of Political and Economic Change," Public Administration Review 66.


Carr, Jered. 2006. "Local Government Autonomy and State Reliance on Special District Governments," Political Research Quarterly 59 (3): 481-92.



Feiock, Richard, Hyung Jun Park, and In-Sung Kang 2006. "City County Consolidation Efforts: Selective Incentives and Institutional Choice," Journal of Local Government Studies (Spring).


Feiock, Richard, Jered Carr, and Linda Johnson. 2006. "Structuring Debate on Consolidation: A Reply to Leland and Thurmaier," Public Administration Review 66 (March/April) 274-80.


Jeong, Moon-Gi. 2006. "Local Choices for Development Impact Fees,"  Urban Affairs Review 41: 338-357.  


Baer, Susan E. and Richard C. Feiock. 2005. "Private Governments in Urban Areas: Political Contracting and Collective Action," American Review of Public Administration, 35 #1: 42-56.


McCabe, Barbara Coyle. 2005. "The Rules are Different Here: An Institutional Comparison of Cities and Homeowners Associations," Administration & Society, Vol. 37, No. 4, 404-425.


Bae, Sang-Seok and Richard Feiock. 2004. "The Flypaper Effect Revisited: Intergovernmental Grants and Local Governance," International Journal of Public Administration 27(8): 577-96.


Carr, Jered and Richard Feiock. eds. 2004. Reshaping the Local Landscape: Perspective on City County Consolidation and its Alternatives. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.


Feiock, Richard, Moon-Gi Jeong, and Jaehoon Kim. 2003. "Credible Commitment and Council Manager Government: Implications for Policy Instrument Choice," Public Administration Review 63 #5 (September/October): 568-577.


Clingermayer, James and Richard Feiock. 2001. Institutional Constraints and Policy Choice: An Exploration of Local Governance. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.


McCabe, Barbara, Richard Feiock. 2001. State Rules and City Money. Cambridge: Lincoln Institute for Land Policy Paper Series.