Obstacles to Bargaining between Local Governments: The Case of West Haven and Orange, Connecticut
Urban Lawyer, Vol. 37, 2005
53 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2005
Limited empirical work on interlocal bargaining has uncovered relatively efficient bargaining between local governments for services like police, fire, street maintenance, and education. This paper explores the relationship between two Connecticut towns in the metropolitan New Haven area, Orange and West Haven, and suggests that bargaining between local governments can be more difficult and complicated than heretofore recognized when towns try to achieve economies of scale in the production of local public goods and to account for cost and benefit spillovers between local jurisdictions. It offers a number of legal changes that may help localities bargain more efficiently.
Keywords: Local government law, property law, contracts, industrial organization, organizational law, public finance
JEL Classification: K00, R59, L14
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