CONFLICT AND CO-OPERATION AMONG LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN THE METROPOLIS

A METROPOLITAN AREA IS MADE UP CHARACTERISTICALLY OF NUMEROUS LOCAL UNITS OF GOVERNMENT. ALL OF THESE UNITS FORM AN INTERRELATING SYSTEM AND MOST OF THEM DRAW HEAVILY FROM THE SAME TAX BASE. EACH CITYS STREET PATTERN AFFECTS REGIONAL TRAFFIC FLOW, EACH SET OF ZONING REGULATIONS INFLUENCES THE TOTAL METROPOLITAN LAND-USE PATTERN, A MAJOR DISASTER HURTS SEVERAL COMMUNITIES. THE AMERICAN STATES, UNTIL RECENTLY, HAVE NOT GIVEN MUCH ATTENTION TO INTERLOCAL RELATIONS. THEIR LEGAL FRAMEWORKS, DIFFERENT FROM THAT IN ENGLAND AND CANADA, INDUCE LOCAL OFFICIALS TO THINK THAT THEIR GOVERNMENTS CAN ACT IN ISOLATION FROM THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. RECENT POPULATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH HAS INCREASED THE NUMBER OF METROPOLITAN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. THIS GROWTH HAS INCREASED THE POTENTIAL FOR INTERGOVERNMENTAL CONFLICT. SOME OF THE CONFLICT HAS BEEN RESOLVED BY SHORT- TERM ACCOMMODATIONS. NUMEROUS EXPERIMENTS WITH NEW MEANS FOR RESOLVING THE CONFLICTS ARE BEING TESTED. SOME METHODS ARE INFORMAL, OTHERS ARE FORMAL IN NATURE. PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTRATORS AND ASSOCIATIONS OF ELECTIVE LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE DOING MUCH OF THE EXPERIMENTING. MUCH OF IT INVOLVES EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION AND NEGOTIATION OF DEMANDS. CONTINUING CONFERENCES OF LOCAL OFFICIALS TRY TO DEVELOP NEW MEANS FOR REGIONAL POLICY-MAKING. FEDERAL GRANT-IN-AID POLICY IS ALSO ENCOURAGING INTERLOCAL CO-OPERATION.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 359, pp 60-70
  • Authors:
    • Crouch, W W
  • Publication Date: 1965-5

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  • Accession Number: 00239098
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 12 1994 12:00AM