Jayce Farmer (Public Policy and Leadership) published an article, “State Interventions and Interlocal Collaborations Across the Three Pillars of Sustainability,” in State and Local Government Review. This article makes a connection between regional partnerships for sustainability and state-level constraints on the fiscal and functional autonomy of local governments. The findings suggest that when states afford local governments greater self-governing authority, and make greater investments in energy programs, municipalities are more likely to engage in collaborative partnerships for sustainability. Interestingly, state-level interventions have different effects on regional partnerships across the three major policy areas of sustainability, namely, environmental policies, economic development, and social equity.
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