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Institutions, Policy and Finance

The Institutions, Policy and Finance 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.



DeVoe Moore Fellows Dissertation Research


McCabe, Barbara. 1997. Revenue Structure and the Grass Roots

Jeong, Moon-Gi. 2004. Local Land Use Choices: Development Impact Fees in Florida

Murdaugh, James T. 2005. An Examination of the Nature of Turnover Among Florida Police Chiefs

Bae, Sang-Seok. 2005. Public Economics, Institutions, and Local Government Debt Financing

MacDonald, Lynn. ABD. The Deternimants of Government Structure and its Impact on Local Expenditures

Zhang, Yahong. ABD. Local Institutions, Incentives and Development Policy Choices



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.

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.