The State and Its Localities

Michael R. Hattery

in The Oxford Handbook of New York State Government and Politics

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195387230
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The State and Its Localities

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This article addresses some traditional arguments about local government reform in New York. Counties, cities, towns, and villages are the four types of general purpose governments authorized by state law. The significant overlap in the size distribution for the four major municipal classes is noted. Home rule or the recognition of a sphere of local self-governing authority has a long history in New York's state-local partnership. Within the context of continued home rule, a number of problem areas exist in the state-local partnership that requires attention. The public choice approach underlines the significance of flexibility and effectiveness in dealing with revenue alternatives, innovation, regional approaches, and management in reforming local government. New York has made significant investments in shared management capacity and technology transfer. New York State government is an inseparable and influential partner in the intergovernmental web of service provision.

Keywords: local government reform; New York; state law; home rule; state-local partnership; public choice approach

Article.  11479 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Institutions

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