Cities, Economic Distress, and Dissolution

24 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2022

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James Tatum

Eastern Michigan University

Date Written: July 1, 2022


Should this or that city exist? Such existential questions do not often arise in matters of public administration, but perhaps they should. This Article focuses on municipal disincorporation (or dissolution) and consolidation. The Article discusses what it takes to disappear a city and offers a theoretical framework for when dissolution and consolidation should be considered as a response to municipal insolvency.

Keywords: Bankruptcy, Chapter 9 Bankruptcy, Local Government, Municipal Bankruptcy, Bonds, Municipal Bonds, Municipal Bond Market, Disincorporation, Liquidation, Dissolution

Suggested Citation

Tatum, James, Cities, Economic Distress, and Dissolution (July 1, 2022). 15 Albany Government Law Review 186, Available at SSRN:

James Tatum (Contact Author)

Eastern Michigan University ( email )

Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
United States

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