Policy Payoffs in Local Government

Michael Laver, Colin Rallings, Michael Thrasher

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    This article applies the portfolio allocation model of government formation to the formation of local government administrations in general, with a particular empirical application to the formation of administrations in British local authorities with hung councils. First, the implications of the portfolio allocation model for the formation of local administrations are discussed. Secondly, this model is operationalized in the context of British local politics, and specific empirical implications are explicitly derived from it. Thirdly, these implications are systematically evaluated against the recent experience of the formation of local administrations in Britain. The results suggest that policy is indeed important in the formation of British local administrations, but that more than a single left-right dimension of financial policy is needed to describe this process adequately.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)333-353
    Number of pages21
    JournalBritish Journal of Political Science
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Apr 1998

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Political Science and International Relations


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