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Interlocal Collaboration on Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Climate Change Issues

Title: Interlocal Collaboration on Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Climate Change Issues.
Name(s): Chen, Ssu-Hsien, author
Feiock, Richard C., professor directing dissertation
Yang, Kaifeng, professor co-directing dissertation
Cartes, David, university representative
Zhao, Tingting, committee member
Berry, Frances Stokes, committee member
School of Public Administration and Policy, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Interlocal energy collaboration builds upon network structures among local policy actors dealing with energy, climate change and sustainability issues. Collaboration efforts overcome institutional collective action (ICA) dilemmas, and cope with the problems spanning jurisdictional boundaries, externalities, and free-rider problems. Interlocal energy collaboration emerges as the agreements in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction, pollution control, land use, purchasing, retrofits, transportation, and so forth. Cities work collaboratively through contractual mechanisms (i.e. formal/informal agreements) and collective mechanisms (i.e. regional partnerships or membership organizations) on a variety of energy issues. What factors facilitate interlocal energy collaboration? To what extent is collaboration through interlocal contractual mechanisms different from collective mechanisms? This dissertation tries to answer these questions by examining: city goal priority on energy related issues as well as other ICA explanatory factors. Research data are drawn mainly from the 2010 national survey "Implementation of energy efficiency and sustainability program" supported by National Science Foundation and the IBM Endowment for the Business of Government. The research results show that city emphasis on common pool resource, scale economies and externality issues significantly affect individual selection of tools for energy collaboration. When expected transaction costs are extremely high or low, the contractual mechanism of informal agreement is more likely to be selected to preserve most local autonomy and flexibility; otherwise, written and formal tools for collaboration are preferred to impose constraints on individual behavior and reduce the risks of defection.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3831 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Reubin O'D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: July 7, 2011.
Keywords: Interlocal Collaboration, Energy Policy, Sustainable Development, Climate Protection
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Richard C. Feiock, Professor Directing Dissertation; Kaifeng Yang, Professor Co-Directing Dissertation; David Cartes, University Representative; Tingting Zhao, Committee Member; Frances Stokes Berry, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Public policy
Public administration
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Chen, S. -H. (2011). Interlocal Collaboration on Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Climate Change Issues. Retrieved from