No, that domain does not exist to my knowledge.

Not quite sure what is bringing up the confluence of coverage on government consolidation right now. A view from out east on government fragmentation in Pennsylvania is in this post on the WHYY blog It's Our City: Too many boroughs? A closer look at municipal mergers. Followed by the Trib's version of what is happening on the ground here: City debt concern delays merger with county, and even Johnstown's Tribune Democrat weights in with: Consolidation: End the silence Legislature must play an expanded role. Nothing new to any of this and the same issues have been debated for decades centuries across Pennsylvania. Philadelphia's 19th century merger of it's city and county was precipitated in part by a law that required municipalities outside of Philadelphia to maintain minimal police services. That just comes to mind with the recent news that Allegheny County's Versailles Borough voted to become the latest local community to disband its local police force. Has anyone compiled a list of how many local communities have no local police whatsoever? Maybe Mike's attorney colleagues have some comments on whether anyone has a right to sue for police protection from their own municipality. Or a more interesting question: could the Coase Theorem apply to the externalities impacting a community bordering a municipality that has chosen to not pay for a local police force?

Anyway, I guess I ought to update my Primer on Regionalism and Local Government Fragmentation in the Pittsburgh region.


2 Responses to ""

Mike Madison said... 1/26/2009 8:17 PM

Not only Coase, but a test of Tiebout, too! (You know this blog is getting high-minded when Coase shows up in a post.) I'm just trying to keep up. ;-)

Bram Reichbaum said... 1/27/2009 2:55 PM

More Samantha!

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