Type of Document Dissertation Author Sides, Jason C. Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-08232008-132158 Title A Government of our Own: The Politics of Municipal Incorporation Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department Public Administration and Policy, School of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Lance Dehaven-Smith Committee Chair Ralph Brower Committee Member Richard Feiock Committee Member Charles E. Connerly Outside Committee Member Keywords
- Municipal Government
- Unincorporated Communities
Date of Defense 2008-06-09 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe topic of municipal incorporation is increasingly reemerging as a topic dissevering of our attention. Metropolitan regions continue to grow and residents maintain a desire to live beyond the cities' borders. As these processes continue, we must recognize that individuals will seek to create new municipal governments that fulfill the wishes they hold for the new communities.
Theories of incorporation rests on a great deal of theorizing, but have not been the subject of numerous attempts to empirically test these theories. One treatment, however, that involved extensive testing of theories of incorporation was provided by Burns (1994). While Burns' work has received a great deal of recognition, the work displays significant flaws which limit the conclusions that can be drawn from the findings presented by Burns.
These shortcomings are taken as an opportunity to recast the research approach taken when investigating this topic. I argue that qualitative research methods offer the best mechanism to uncover the true meaning of incorporation. I use these methods to conduct several interviews with participants of an on-going incorporation effort. These interviews highlight two facts. First, people behave based on value rationality, rather than instrumental rationality. Second, people will support incorporation when they spend less time outside the community. The implications of these findings for the literature are discussed.
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