Decentralized Metropolitan Governance: Implications of Government Organization in Metropolitan Areas

Location and Date

Devoe Moore Center
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
October 4-5 2002


The study of local government in political science, planning, and public administration has been taken with the concepts of regionalism and regional governance in recent years. To some, regionalism primarily entails traditional prescriptions for metropolitan areas such as centralization and consolidation of governments and functions.

Others have pursued an alternative path to regionalism based on both cooperation and competition among decentralized governmental units in urban areas. The decentralized approach to regionalism emphasizes self governance through horizontally and vertically linked organizations. While these linkages are primarily among governments, they can also include voluntary, not-for-profit and private organizations and service producers.

The symposium organized by Richard Feiock was held at the DeVoe Moore Center at Florida State University (FSU) October 4-5, 2002 in Tallahassee, Florida. The papers presented in this symposium are original work written by well-known scholars from a variety of disciplines. Collectively the papers focus on: 

1) Theories to understand and evaluate the organization of governments in metropolitan areas; 
2) The consequences of government organization for local politics, policy and services; 
3) The implications of centralization and decentralization for regional governance.