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Single Article: Quasi-Governmental Institutions As A Form Of Local Boundary Change: Explanations For The Proliferation Of Economic Development Corporations In Texas

PAQ, Vol. 33 No. 2, (2009)

The United States has experienced a proliferation of quasi-governmental institutions over the last three decades. The formation of such institutions represents an important form of local boundary change. Local boundaries determine service delivery, economic development, and intergovernmental relationships. It remains unclear, though, how the process of boundary change unfolds. Using U.S. Census and Texas State Comptroller data, I examine the ability of four explanations of boundary change to account for the use of economic development corporations across Texas. I find that their creation is not driven by economic need or the desire to circumvent institutional constraints. Instead, local entrepreneurs and prior boundary change are associated with new corporations.

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