Take a look at a recent School of Urban Affairs publication:
Publication Date: October 2019
For many, regionalism is the answer to managing city challenges brought about by metropolitan sprawl. Defined in many ways, proponents of regionalism tend to rest their policy recommendations on regional tax sharing or increasing local coordination and sharing of services. Northeast Ohio has seen its share of efforts to achieve both. For the most part, such efforts have not made it far on the policy agenda, mainly due to fear of the “free rider” problem in the case of regional tax sharing, and the fear of losing local autonomy with distributed governance.
But the context for local autonomy has changed over the years. Jurisdictions that were fiscally sound now find that they are not immune from fiscal constraints. The question then becomes, does fiscal uncertainty encourage new governance arrangements? The goal here is to see how widespread and significant collaborative arrangements are in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. This one county defines our regional frame. The study question is important because interlocal agreements can be thought of as the building blocks of sustainable regionalism. The more concrete agreements and examples that are developed in a geography, the better examples they are for adjacent geographies to emulate if they so choose.
The Levin Regional Cooperation Survey was designed and administered by a team of researchers at the School of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. The purpose of the survey was to examine regional collaboration efforts currently underway in Cuyahoga County and to get a sense of whether there is widespread interest in collaboration as a way improving city management and operations.