- Studying Politics in an Urban World: Research Traditions and New Directions
- Intralocal Competition and Cooperation
- Urban Politics and the New Institutionalism
- Urban Governance
- Elections and Policy Responsiveness
- Urban Politics as Multilevel Analysis
- Cities in Intergovernmental Systems
- Bureaucracy and Democracy in Local Government
- Reforming Local Government Institutions and the New Public Management
- A Place to Party?: Parties and Nonpartisanship in Local Government
- Local Democracy and Citizenship
- Neighborhoods and Civic Practice
- Social Movements in Urban Politics: Trends in Research and Practice
- Social Capital
- The Centrality of Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Cities and Towns
- Poverty and Social Exclusion
- Polarization and Enclaves in Cities
- Immigrant Incorporation into Urban Politics
- Cultural Conflicts, Religion, and Urban Politics
- What Cities Do: How Much Does Urban Policy Matter?
- Setting City Agendas: Power and Policy Change
- The Politics of Urban Growth and Decline
- Competitive Cities
- Urban Violence in the United States and France: Comparing Los Angeles (1992) and Paris (2005)
- Cities and the Politics of Sustainability
- Justice, Urban Politics, and Policy
- Cities and Politics in the Developing World: Why Decentralization Matters
- The Wired City: A New Face of Power?: A Citizen Perspective
- Suburban Politics
- Building Metropolitan Institutions
- Emerging Research Agendas
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This article analyses the relationship between competition and cooperation at the local level. It discusses the contrasting views that competition provides better and cheaper services than central planning, and that competition for public services induces inefficiencies. The article suggests that, although competition might bring gains, cooperation is more important, and explains that, in theory, cooperation reduces the efficiency of competitive processes, but no pure competition exists anyway, because of transactions and information costs.
Keith Dowding is Professor and Head of the Program in Political Science in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, Canberra. He has published widely in social and political philosophy, political science, public administration and urban politics recently with a jindyworobak slant. His recent research interests include the measurement of freedom and rights, satisfaction with public services and the career paths of senior politicians.
Richard Feiock is Augustus B. Turnbull Professor of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University.
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