Rebecca Hendrick

Rebecca Hendrick
University of Illinois at Chicago | UIC · Department of Public Administration

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This research estimates a model of own-source revenue diversification and a model of changes in operational spending in municipal governments from 1997 to 2012 to determine how these governments have adapted to the two significant recessions that occurred during this time period. The first model examines factors that affect revenue diversification,...
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The effectiveness of Rainy Day Fund (RDF) policies as a countercyclical tool has been an important topic in financial management research. The substantial empirical literature has found that RDFs governed by stringent requirements have a positive effect on the fiscal performance of state governments. However, prior research has been limited by an o...
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This research examines the link between fiscal decentralization and government ca-pacity to service debt, while controlling for fiscal, institutional, economic, and ideologi-cal factors that are associated with capacity to service debt held or issued by local governments alone, by state governments alone, and by state and local government combined...
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This study investigates whether the use of special assessments (SAs) by municipalities in the Chicago metropolitan area demonstrates Leviathan behavior. The first part of the study estimates a model of the effect of SA use on capital and operational spending in these governments from 1998 to 2012. The results show that governments do not use SAs to...
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Purpose The objective of the study is to determine if an over-borrowing bias emerges when the state fiscal base is shared by multiple general-purpose and special-purpose jurisdictions serving different groups of citizens. Design/methodology/approach This study uses panel data from all 50 states in the US from 1997 to 2007 to estimate models of tot...
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In this research, we examine the impact of municipal governments' internal fiscal structure and external fiscal policy space on operational spending volatility and fund balances. We test our model using a system of two equations that is estimated with panel data consisting of 265 municipalities in the Chicago metropolitan region from 1997 to 2009....
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Empirical and theoretical research on government competition and collaboration identifies several important macro-level characteristics that can affect these forms of interaction between local governments within the same large jurisdiction. These characteristics are fragmentation of governments, fiscal dispersion of governments, sorting of populati...
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This study uses multiple measures of fragmentation and decentralization to assess the effects of these conditions on total local spending in 126 metropolitan regions and 538 counties in the same regions in 2002. The measures are derived from a recognized scheme that distinguishes among total, horizontal, and vertical dimensions of these conditions,...
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Managing the Fiscal Metropolis: The Financial Policies, Practices, and Health of Suburban Municipalities is an important book. This first comprehensive analysis of the financial condition, management, and policy making of local governments in a metropolitan region offers local governments currently dealing with the Great Recession a better understa...
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The Great Recession that started in late 2007 is threatening to alter the local government landscape in the U.S. With the steep decline in property and sales taxes, a number of state governments are now reviewing how their local government systems can be re-structured to improve service delivery. Scholars from two camps – the advocacy of regional v...
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This is an empirical exploration of tax competition among Florida local governments. We estimate a spatial lag reaction function for property tax rate of Florida municipal governments in 2000 and 2004. The level of ``neighborliness'' is measured as spatial distance between geographical centers of municipalities. The weight matrix excludes the munic...
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This research examines the incidence of property and sales tax competition among municipal governments in the Chicago metropolitan region and investigates whether the underlying mechanism is exit or voice. First, the research estimates a model with a spatial lag component that relates each municipality's tax or revenue burden to that of its neighbo...
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The research presented here adopts an organizational approach to develop three regression models that examine why local governments accumulate slack in the form of unreserved fund balances, and what is the impact of slack resources on local governments' short-term fiscal conditions and decisions about spending and revenues. Using data on Chicago su...
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This study presents a framework for assessing the financial condition and fiscal health of municipal governments, develops indices for some dimensions of the framework, and applies the indices to 264 suburban municipalities in the Chicago metropolitan region. The framework is based on a systems view of local government financial condition. It shows...
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This research presents a theoretical framework for studying strategic planning in the public sector that merges research on planning in the private sector and research on the differences between public and private organizations. The study identifies a set of variables relevant to this framework and measures these variables for fourteen departments...
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This study examines the trends in revenue diversification in approximately 240 suburban municipalities in the Chicago metropolitan region between 1988 and 1997. It then tests a model of revenue diversification’s impact on tax effort using data from 1993 to 1997, and separated by home rule and non–home rule municipalities. Trends show that suburbs w...
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Since its new mayor was elected in 1988, the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been undergoing comprehensive budget and management reforms similar to those currently occurring at all levels of government. This article presents a case analysis of the events and conditions surrounding the initiation and implementation stages of reform in the city fro...
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Using the garbage can model as a framework, this research examines the relationships among three types of expenditures in one city over time: general fund expenditures, expenditures of federal grant money, and other expenditures that are grouped into various nongeneral fund accounts such as enterprise funds and state shared-revenue funds. The analy...
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This essay reviews some of the recent criticisms of positivist science. It interprets this criticism, more generally, as directed towards the complexity of social science phenomena and the difficulty of dealing with complexity epistemologically and methodologically. Rather than ignoring complexity, changing the subject matter or explaining it away,...
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Previous research on expenditure tradeoffs has been framed in terms of the classic "guns-versus-butter" debate, focusing on the question of whether or not policy makers increase (decrease) spending priorities for national defense by decreasing (increasing) spending priorities for domestic programs. However, little attention has been paid to the con...
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Previous research on the impact of the political system on economic conditions in the American states has assumed the dominance of endogenous factors (i.e., those unique to the states) in determining levels of economic growth. However, because state economies are interdependent and responsive to national and regional economic trends, such an assump...
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This study is a continuation of previous longitudinal analysis of expenditure tradeoffs in the American states. Here coefficients representing tradeoffs between the spending categories of highways, education, health, and welfare are used as dependent variables in a cross-sectional model to explain state differences in tradeoffs among these spending...
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Recent budgeting literature argues that many governments budget in a top-down manner, especially under fiscal stress, and that incremental budgeting theory is accurate only for bottom-up budgeting procedures when resources are plentiful. However, few studies systematically compare changes under different conditions to assess their claims. This stud...
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A patient-education program model with 18 criteria was refined into a survey instrument and sent to 217 Michigan hospitals. Of these, 181 hospitals and one free-standing clinic responded, with 47 indicating they had no applicable programs and 135 providing data on 281 existing patient-education programs. A mean (+/- SD) of 12.1 +/- 3.9 criteria wer...
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This is a readings course with the central aim of acquainting students with the primary research questions and foci in many of the sub-areas of the field. Students will examine these issues within the different theoretical approaches relevant to public administration, and within both descriptive (how do we manage finances and what explains actual p...
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--Michigan State University. Dept. of Political Science, 1986. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 246-253).

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