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The Empirical Evidence for Citizen Information and a Local Market for Public Goods

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 September 2013

David Lowery
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
W. E. Lyons
University of Kentucky
Ruth Hoogland DeHoog
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Paul Teske
State University of New York, Stony Brook
Mark Schneider
State University of New York, Stony Brook
Michael Mintrom
Michigan State University
Samuel Best
University of Notre Dame


In their 1993 article in this Review, Paul Teske, Mark Schneider, Michael Mintrom, and Samuel Best sought to establish the microfoundations for a model of a competitive market for public services between local governments in polycentric regions. An important part of their model focused on subgroups of informed citizens, especially recent movers. Theoretical analysis was supplemented by an empirical study of the factors shaping accuracy of Long Island homeowners' information about relative expenditures and tax rates of their school districts. David Lowery, W. E. Lyons and Ruth Hoogland DeHoog criticize the relevance of this empirical evidence, suggesting the atypical nature of education as a service (especially in this site) and challenging the sufficiency of the demonstrated levels of information for generating a competitive market. Teske and his colleagues reply by pointing out the general importance of education throughout American local policymaking and by defending the relevance of their measures and conclusions for their market model.

Copyright © American Political Science Association 1995

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