Public Entrepreneurship and Interlocal Cooperation in County Government

Source: Daryl J. Delabbio and Eric S. Zeemering, State and Local Government Review, Vol. 45 no. 4, December 2013
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From the abstract:
The use of interlocal agreements for the delivery of public services has expanded in recent years. Prior studies show that county governments are well positioned to exercise leadership in the development of interlocal cooperation. Theories of public entrepreneurship and institutional collective action can help us better understand when county government leaders pursue new interlocal agreements or shared service delivery projects. Using a survey of county leaders in five states, this research outlines several hypotheses linking institutional context to county leaders’ roles in the expansion of interlocal cooperation. The survey identifies distinct patterns of support for preparing for interlocal cooperation inside the county and reaching out to other local governments. The findings highlight the need for new research about counties’ internal preparation for interlocal cooperation as well as managers’ tolerance for entrepreneurship and risk.