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Institutions & Forms of Government

The Institutions and Forms of Government Project 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. Current work includes surveys of mayors and city managers in Florida cities regarding motivations and career incentives, a study of the policy implications of turnover among local officials, and an investigation of how different forms of city and county government affect expenditure, taxation, and borrowing decisions. This project has been supported by the DeVoe Moore Center and the Fulbright Scholar Foundation.


Review Essay


Form of Government and Policy Choices


New and Ongoing Projects


Longitudinal Database of Municipal Structure
This project is constructing a comprehensive database of city institutional structure by combining seven ICMA form of government surveys conducted from 1981-2011 to investigate causes and consequences of municipal structure change


Formal Analysis of Municipal Charters Grammar of Charter Reform
Formal institutional analysis of city charters will link different institutional arrangements with city-level performance


Hedonic Models of Forms of Government (FogHed)
This project uses data on individual home sales Local Government Structure




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


Kwon, Sung-Wook. 2009. Regional Organizations and Interlocal Cooperation among Florida Cities (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Park, Jongsun. 2009. Institutional Choice in Local Economic Development Organizations (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. 2005. 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.


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




Papers and Publications


Richard Feiock, Christopher M. Weible, David P. Carter, Cali Curley, Aaron Deslatte, and Tanya Heikkila. 2014. "Capturing Stuctural and Functional Diversity Through Institutional Analysis: The Position of Mayor in City Charters," working paper.


Krause, Feiock, R. & Hawkins. C. 2014. "The Administrative Organization of Sustainability within Local Government,"  Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory doi: 10.1093/jopart/muu032.


Kwon, S. W., Feiock, R. & Bae, J. 2014. " The Roles of Regional Organizations in Interlocal Resource Exchange: Complement or Substitute," American Review of Public Administration 44 (3): 339 - 357.


Feiock, R., Portney, K. E., Bae, J., & Berry, J. M. 2014. "Governing Local Sustainability: Agency Venues and Business Group Access,"  Urban Affairs Review 50 (2) 157-79.


Choi, C.G., Feiock, R. & Bae, J. 2013. " The Adoption and Abandonment of Council- Manager Government," Public Administration Review 73(5), 127-36.


Bae, J. & Feiock, R. 2013. "Forms of Government and Climate Change Policies in U.S. Cities," Urban Studies 50(4), 776788.


Feiock, R. & Bae, J. 2011. "Politics, Institutions, and Entrepreneurship: City Decisions Leading to Inventoried Green House Gas Emissions," Carbon Management 2(4), 443-453.


Zhang, Y. & Feiock, R. 2010. "City Managers' Policy Leadership in Council-Manager Cities," Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 20(2), 461476.


Feiock, R., McCabe, B., & Park, J. 2009. "Direct Democracy Provisions and Local Government Fiscal Choices," American Review of Public Administration 40(4), 400-410.


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.


Feiock, Richard C. 2006. "A Political Market Explanation for Policy Change"


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


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.


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.