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Finding the Unique Balance: Local Government Representation on the Boards of Regional Intergovernmental Organizations (RIGOs)

Rickabaugh, James (2018) Finding the Unique Balance: Local Government Representation on the Boards of Regional Intergovernmental Organizations (RIGOs). Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Regional Intergovernmental Organizations (RIGOs) are coalitions consisting primarily of municipal and county governments who develop a broad array of regional plans and policies; they also allocate federal and state funding to projects including transportation, community development, and economic development. Decisions about these policies and allocations are made by the RIGO board. This dissertation demonstrates the variety of different governance structures in place in RIGOs across the United States and introduces methods to quantify local government representational rights on RIGO boards. While much of the literature has previously described these boards as being overwhelmingly “one member, one vote”, coding and analyzing the original governance documents shows that most RIGO collective choice arrangements balance institutional membership and population proportionality in complicated and thoughtful ways. The dissertation develops a typology of membership that reflects the various ways in which counties and municipalities can be members, including through multijurisdictional membership processes. Two formulas that reflect the institutional membership and population proportionality are introduced to quantify the extent to which each board is “one member, one vote” and “one person, one vote.” The balances agreed to by local governments often more closely resemble how international organizations agree upon representational rights than they do the US House or the US Senate. These formulas are further applied to two RIGOs to show their use comparing governance proposals and to show changes in collective choice arrangements over time.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Rickabaugh, Jamesjar140@pitt.edujar1400000-0002-3810-082X
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMiller, David Y.dymiller@pitt.edudymiller
Committee MemberDougherty, Jr., George W.gwdjr@pitt.edugwdjr
Committee MemberGlass, Michael
Committee MemberNelles,
Date: 12 December 2018
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 13 August 2018
Approval Date: 12 December 2018
Submission Date: 9 December 2018
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 167
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Regionalism, international organizations, urban policy, federalism, political science, cooperation
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2018 16:30
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2018 16:30


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