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Governing the Tap: Special District Governance and the New Local Politics of Water

Megan Mullin


More than ever, Americans rely on independent special districts to provide public services. The special district — which can be as small as a low-budget mosquito abatement district or as vast as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey — has become the most common form of local governance in the United States. This book examines the consequences of specialization and the fragmentation of policymaking authority through local drinking-water policies. Directly comparing specific conservation, land use, and contracting policies enacted by different forms of local government, the author invest ... More

Keywords: public services, conservation policies, land use, contracting policies, sustainable use, specialized governance, decentralized politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262013130
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013130.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Megan Mullin, author