BEHAVIOR OF URBAN PUBLIC AUTHORITIES OPERATING IN COMPETITIVE MARKETS: POLICY OUTCOMES IN MASS TRANSIT

Many public agencies are increasingly seen as corporate-like organizations in behavior and policymaking. However, greater emphasis is being placed on competitive market conditions in determining how policy outcomes are patterned to favor some stakeholders over others. This article examines an exploratory study comparing policy outcomes of public agencies operating partially in markets where competition and consumer choice are driven by opportunities for product substitution. Applying regression analysis to a sample of 42 urban transit agencies, the study indicates that market conditions pose significant influence on skewing policy outcomes, but do not necessarily cause a trade-off harmful to social-program clients. One implication is that introducing market conditions into the environment of public agencies may be a superior reform option to privatization.

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    Sage Publications, Incorporated

    2455 Teller Road
    Thousand Oaks, CA  United States  91320
  • Authors:
    • Boschken, H L
  • Publication Date: 2000-1

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 726-758
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00796085
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 26 2000 12:00AM