Framework of Market Essay

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MARK LUBELL University of California, Davis RICHARD C. FEIOCK EDGAR RAMIREZ Florida State University In this article, the authors develop a political market framework to explain the circumstances under which Florida counties will supply environmental public goods in the form of conservation amendments to county general plans. The framework emphasizes the role of local legislative and executive institutions as mediators of local policy change. Using count models and interaction terms, the analysis shows how the strength of real estate interests constrains the ability of profes- sional county managers to pursue conservation policies. The findings reinforce the importance of developing theories of urban politics in which local political institutions are not transparent. Keywords: political institutions; local government; environmental policy; conservation; growth management; policy change The provision of local public goods has been a central focus of the urban political economy literature since Tiebout (1956; see also Schneider 1989; Peterson 1981). In this article, we develop a theoretical framework to explain the circumstances under which Florida counties will supply environmental AUTHORS’ NOTE: An earlier version of this article was presented at the Midwest Political Sci- ence Association, Chicago IL, April 8, 2003. We wish to thank Moon-Gi Jeong and Sang-Seok Bae for their research assistance and John Scholz for comments on an earlier version. This arti- cle is based on work supported by the Devoe Moore Center for the study of critical issues in eco- nomic policy and government at Florida State University and the National Science Foundation under Grant No. SES-0350799. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations ex- pressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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