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Dr. Meghan Rubado Publishes Article in Public Administration

In her recent article,  “Collaborating with the Competition? A Study of Interlocal Partnership Choices,”  Dr. Meghan Rubado asserts that the competitive dynamics among local governments are not incompatible with successful interlocal collaboration in the US system of decentralized federalism. Dr. Rubado writes that municipalities often collaborate with competing jurisdictions in the same region to provide services and solve problems; yet competitive relations among municipalities are expected to complicate collaboration, escalating transaction costs due to divergent goals and lack of trust. 
The Public Administration article uses the Institutional Collective Action framework to examine the conditions under which local governments are best able to surmount competition-related hurdles and successfully partner with their chief municipal competitors. An original survey of mayors and councilors was also used to test potential predictors of collaboration among top competitors. Results show that municipalities often collaborate with their chief competitors, but are less likely to do so when they are situated in municipally-fragmented regions, when they are located in a different county from their top competitors, and when they are fiscally strong. 
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