Local government reform
Item Type:Journal article
Citation:Bristow, J. A. 'Symposium on local government reform'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXVI No. 3, 1990/1991, pp324-338
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My purpose here is not to argue one way or the other as regards the controversy about the proper role, structure or finance of local authorities in Ireland. I propose to do no more than to parade some of the contributions which economics can make to an analysis of these issues. Much of what I have to say may seem rather remote from the nuts and bolts of reform, but I believe that we have only two sensible options for local Government: scrap it or completely reconstruct it. Some fairly basic analysis may therefore be of value. From an economic viewpoint, the design of polities should at a minimum consider the following: macroeconomic implications; efficiency in resource allocation; implications for the distribution of welfare; and efficiency in public choice. I shall use this taxonomy, although in a flexible way which reflects the non-separability of these categories.
Description:Read before the Society, 21 March 1991
Author: Bristow, J. A.
Other Titles:Symposium on Local Government Reform
Publisher:Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Type of material:Journal article
Series/Report no:Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Vol. XXVI No. 3 1990/1991
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