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Federalism, Service Delivery & Contracting

The Federalism, Service Delivery & Contracting Project is focused on empirically testing explanations for local service delivery arrangements based on theories of relational contracting and transaction costs. This project focuses on privatization and local service provision and production choices. Current work includes studies of the influence of political institutions and turnover on service delivery arrangement, changes in production arrangements, and a study of the role on nonprofit organizations in delivering local services. This project has been supported by the DeVoe Moore Center and the Aspen Institute Nonprofit Sector Research Fund grant "Nonprofits as Local Government Contractors."


Review Essay


"A Transaction Cost Theory of Federalism"


New and Ongoing Projects


Third Party Federalism (3PF)
This project develops and tests a theory of third party federalism to capture how contractors and contracting design influence implementation of intergovernmental programs with surveys and administrative records of implementation of energy efficiency and conservation grants.


Transaction Cost Federalism (TCF)
This investigates how state constraints shape local policy choices by building a data set of state constitutional provisions, home authority, and policy delegations and linking state constraints to local development sustainability and collaboration in multilevel models.




Curley, Cali. 2013. Co-production as a Service Delivery Mechanism (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


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


Shrestha, Manoj. 2008. Decentralized Governments, Networks and Interlocal Cooperation in Public Goods Supply (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Andrew, Simon. 2006. Institutional Ties, Interlocal Contractual Arrangements, and the Dynamic of Metropolitan Governance (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Jang, Hee Soun. 2006. Contracting Out Local Government Services To Nonprofit Organizations (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Choi, Sang Ok. 2005. Network Analysis of Workforce Development Programs (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.




Papers and Publications


Youm, Jisun. "Nested Cities: Interlocal Collaboration for Local Climate Protection," forthcoming.


Andrew, Simon A. & Jered Carr. 2013. "Mitigating Uncertainty and Risk in Planning for Regional Preparedness: The Role of Bonding and Bridging Relationships," Urban Studies Vol. 40(4): 709-724.


Andrew, Simon A. & Christopher V. Hawkins. 2013. "Regional Cooperation and Multilateral Agreements in the Provision of Public Safety Services," American Review of Public Administration Vol. 43(4): 462 477.


Hawkins, Christopher V. and Simon A. Andrew. 2011. "Understanding Horizontal and Vertical Relations in the Context of Economic Development Joint Venture Agreements," Urban Affairs Review 47(3): 385-412.


Krause Rachel M. 2011. "Policy Innovation, Intergovernmental Relations, and the Adoption of Climate Protection Initiatives by U.S. Cities.," Journal of Urban Affairs 33(1): 45-60.


Feiock, Richard C. and John Scholz. 2010. Self-Organizing Federalism: Collaborative Mechanisms to Mitigate Institutional Collective Action, New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.


Krueger, Skip and Ethan Bernick. 2010. "States Rules and Local Governance Choice," Publius 40(4): 697-718.


Carr, Jered B., K LeRous, and M Shrestha. 2009. "Institutional ties, transaction costs, and external service production," Urban Affairs Review 44(3): 403-427.


Carr, Jered B., Kelly LeRoux, Richard C. Feiock, and Manoj Shrestha. 2007. "Trust, Transaction Costs, and Service Production Decisions: An Institutional Collective Action Explanation," Prepared for the 9th National Public Management Research Conference, Tucson, Arizona, October 25-27th.


 Feiock, Richard C. James Clingermayer, Manoj Sherestha, and Carl Dasse. 2007. "Contracting and Sector Choice Across Different Types of Municipal Services," State and Local Government Review 39(2): 72-83.


Jang, HeeSoun and Richard Feiock. 2007. "Public and Private Funding Reliance of Nonprofit Organizations: Implications for Interorganizational Collaboration," Public Productivity and Management Review (December).


Andrew, Simon and Richard Feiock. 2006. "Introduction: Understanding the Relationships
Between Nonprofit Organizations and Local Governments
," International Journal of Public Administration Vol.29, Number 10: 759-767.


Jang, HeeSoun. 2006. "Contracting Out Parks and Recreation Services: Correcting for Selection Bias Using a Heckman Selection Model," International Journal of Public Administration Vol. 29, Number 10: 799-818.


Scott and Meeyoung Lamothe. 2006. "The Dynamics of Local Service Delivery Arrangements and the Role of Nonprofits," International Journal of Public Administration Vol. 29, Number 10: 769 797.


Feiock, Richard C., James Clingermayer and Christopher Stream. 2003. "Governmental Uncertainty and Leadership Turnover: Influences on Contracting and Sector Choice for Local Services," State and Local Government Review 35 #3 (Fall): 150-161.


Feiock, Richard C., Carl Dasse and James Clingermayer. 2003. "Contractor and Sector Choices for Delivery of Municipal Services," Public Management Review (UK) Vol. 5 #2 (Spring): 1-14.