Wendell Cox Consultancy: CAPABILITIES
THE ALLURE OF GOVERNMENT CONSOLIDATION:
Consolidation of local government units into regional governments
is sometimes proposed as a strategy
to provide government services throughout a metroplitan area, while
generally improving cost performance.
CONSOLIDATION: MORE COSTLY & LESS DEMOCRATIC:
However, virtually all experience indicates that local government consolidation does not
produce cost savings. Indeed, a more reasonable expectation is that local government consolidation
increases the unit cost base of government, while rendering local government less responsive to
community and neighborhood concerns.
ALTERNATIVE STRUCTURES: LESS COSTLY & MORE DEMOCRATIC:
regional or metropolitan policy needs can be effectively addressed by cooperative
metropolitan arrangements which preserve
accessibility, accountability and more efficient unit cost structures of local government.
WENDELL COX CONSULTANCY:
Wendell Cox Consultancy has assisted clients in analyzing and designing local governance structures
that are less costly and more democratic. Clients have included the city of Toronto, Oakland County
(Michigan), the American Legislative Exchange Council and others.
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