Intralocal Competition and Cooperation

Keith Dowding and Richard Feiock

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Intralocal Competition and Cooperation


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.

Keywords: competition; cooperation; public services; competitive processes; transaction costs; information costs

Article.  9537 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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