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Local Public Finance and Economics

An International Perspective

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
    Pages 1-37
  3. Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
    Pages 39-80
  4. Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
    Pages 81-126
  5. Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
    Pages 127-156
  6. Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
    Pages 157-179
  7. Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
    Pages 181-205
  8. Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
    Pages 207-251
  9. Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
    Pages 253-283
  10. Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
    Pages 285-329
  11. Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
    Pages 331-361
  12. Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
    Pages 363-403
  13. Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
    Pages 405-439
  14. Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
    Pages 441-469
  15. Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
    Pages 471-503
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 505-517

About this book

Introduction

Globalization and the information revolution have highlighted the catalytic role of local governments for improving economic and social outcomes at the local level as well as growing the national economy by enhancing international competitiveness. This comprehensive account of local public finance and economics brings together principles and better practices for improving quality and access of local public services provision. The volume covers assignment of responsibilities; jurisdictional design; local service delivery; local regulation; local self-financing options such as income, sales, property and environmental taxation, user charges and fees; infrastructure finance options; and higher order government financing of local governments. The treatment is non-technical and suitable for a wide variety of audiences including scholars, instructors, students, media, policy advisers and practitioners.

Keywords

public economics public finance local governance public policy public administration the world bank Expenditure Revenue Assignment infrastructure taxation Intergovernmental Transfers Grant Financing

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsTrent UniversityPeterboroughCanada
  2. 2.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  3. 3.Governance StudiesBrookings InstitutionWashington, DCUSA

About the authors

Harry Kitchen is Professor Emeritus in the Economics Department at Trent University, Canada. Over the past twenty years, he has completed more than 100 articles, reports, studies, and books on issues relating to local government expenditures, finance, structure and governance in Canada. In addition, he has served as a consultant or advisor for a number of municipal and provincial governments in Canada and the federal government, and has worked on projects in Russia and China. In 2013, he was awarded a Queens Diamond Jubilee medal for policy analysis and research contributions to municipal finance, structure and governance in Canada. In 2017, he was appointed visiting scholar at the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

Melville McMillan is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Economics and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Economics at the University of Alberta, Canada.  McMillan’s research and teaching interests are in public economics, particularly urban and local economics, fiscal federalism, and the demand/supply of public goods and services. He has published in these areas and has advised governments and organizations nationally and internationally (e.g., the World Bank).  Although “retired,” McMillan remains actively involved in academic and policy matters.

Anwar Shah is Senior Fellow (non-resident), Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, USA; advisor/consultant to the World Bank; and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Economics, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu/Wenjiang, China. He has previously served the Government of Canada (Ministry of Finance), the Government of Alberta, and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has published more than two dozen books in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian languages and numerous articles in leading economic journals on governance, public management reforms, budget reform, federalism, local governance, fiscal reforms and global climate change issues.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Local Public Finance and Economics
  • Book Subtitle An International Perspective
  • Authors Harry Kitchen
    Melville McMillan
    Anwar Shah
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-21986-4
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-21985-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-21988-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-21986-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 517
  • Number of Illustrations 12 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Public Economics
    Public Finance
    Public Policy
    Governance and Government
  • Buy this book on publisher's site

Reviews

“Local Public Finance and Economics: An International Perspective is a welcome and valuable addition on the subject. A book of this kind has been long overdue. … The book makes an interesting reading and has the potential to be a benchmark on the subject. … In addition, students and academicians in general and economists and political scientists in particular will immensely benefit from the book authored.” (V. N. Alok, Indian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 66 (3), 2020)