Regional Cooperation and Multilateral Agreements in the Provision of Public Safety
Abbreviated Journal Title
Amer. Rev. Public Adm.
interlocal agreements; multilateral agreement; mutual aid agreement; public safety; emergency management; institutional collective action; LONG-TERM-CONTRACTS; INTERLOCAL COOPERATION; EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT; SERVICE PRODUCTION; TRANSACTION COSTS; PREPAREDNESS; GOVERNANCE; ALLIANCES; NETWORKS; EXCHANGE; Public Administration
Although much has been written about interlocal agreements for the delivery of services, few studies have examined the factors that influence the establishment of different types of multilateral agreements (MLAs). To address this lacuna, the authors draw a distinction between an adaptive and restrictive MLA and seek to understand why local governments enter into one type of arrangement over the other. The authors build our theoretical argument on the basis of previous research that suggests agreements are designed to minimize the uncertainties associated with transaction risk. On the basis of this premise, the author's general proposition is that the decision to establish an adaptive MLA is shaped by the asset specificity and measurability of the goods and services of the transaction. The authors utilize data on public safety agreements among municipal and county governments in the state of Florida. Findings suggest that local governments are more likely to form an adaptive MLA when goods and services are relatively high in service measurability difficulty and when both high and low asset specificity exit.
American Review of Public Administration
"Regional Cooperation and Multilateral Agreements in the Provision of Public Safety" (2013). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 3618.