Political Market Framework

The Political Market Framework and Land Use Project develops a "political market" framework combining elements of political economy and property rights theories with work on local government structure. This framework conceptualizes policy changes as the result of a dynamic bargaining process between policy suppliers and demanders as mediated by political institutions. Current work includes studies of planning and land use decisions, sustainability programs, policy instrument designs and urban energy and transportation infrastructure systems. This project is supported by FSU and National Science Foundation award #030799.

Review Essay

"The Political Market Framework and Policy Change"

Ongoing projects

Institutional Analysis of Municipal Government Form

The Institutional Analysis of Municipal Government Form project investigates the influence of different institutions and governance structures on local government policy making and policy choices. Political institutions and government structures shape the incentives of local government elected officials and administrators, leading to different political behaviors. This project includes studies of motivations and career incentives of mayors and city managers nationally and in Florida, investigation of turnover on policy decisions, longitudinal study of institutional change across six waves of the ICMA form of government surveys, and application of Ostrom’s institutional grammar to an analysis of municipal charter provisions. 

Institutional Constraints, Fiscal Choices and Infrastructure Finance

This project investigates the design, development, and fiscal impacts of formal institutions. First, this project 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. Second, previous and ongoing research investigates the influence of different institutions and governance structures on local government fiscal choices. This includes  investigations of how institutional structures of local government affect local expenditure, taxation, borrowing and infrastructure investments.   

New work extends the framework to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and other regional governance institutions to examine how organization structure representation and decision rules shape the content of planning decisions. The political market framework is being applied to examine urban infrastructure investments and local government debt in China with grant support from the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy.

Economic Development Quasi-Market

This project focuses on the roles of institutions, bargaining, and networks on economic development policy choices. Efficient pursuit of economic development is impeded by market and government failures. Local governments seek to obtain positive externalities associated with economic growth through the provision of services and inducements to private firms in exchange for commitments of employment and investment (Feiock 2002). Current research applies game theory, institutional rational choice and ICA frameworks to investigate the development of policy choices, incentive amounts and joint ventures. The quasi-market for economic development works promises to enhance understanding of the relationships between economic and political demands and local development. Network analysis is applied to examine how informal network relationships shape economic development in the Orlando metropolitan area.

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