Handbook of Collaborative Public Management
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Handbook of Collaborative Public Management

Edited by Jack W. Meek

This insightful Handbook presents readers with a comprehensive range of original research within the field of collaborative public management (CPM), a central area of study and practice in public administration. It explores the most important questions facing collaboration, providing insights into future research directions and new areas of study.
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Chapter 19: Limitations of collaborative public management in American fiscal federalism

Soomi Lee


This chapter examines collaborative public management (CPM) in the context of the existing, fragmented regional governance structure. In particular, I discuss the limitations of CPM in managing orderly land use planning and intra-regional fiscal inequity due to the inherent tension between localism and regionalism in American fiscal federalism. Researchers have shown that it is unlikely to solve issues involved in equity and redistribution by relying on voluntary inter-local collaboration. At the same time, however, they also acknowledge that local governments have resisted to a regional government and that state governments have hesitated to take action to create a politically accountable regional government. The challenge is to find a way of state’s direct action for region-wide planning and intra-regional redistribution while preserving local governments’ autonomy. As one of the examples, this chapter provides a regional fiscal redistributive policy, tax-base sharing that has been implemented in the Twin Cities metropolitan area since 1975.

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