Residential mobility in London: rational choice fairy tale, utopia or reality

Newton, Kenneth (1997) Residential mobility in London: rational choice fairy tale, utopia or reality. British Journal of Political Science, 27, (1), 111-155. (doi:10.1017/S0007123497240056).


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Once upon a time, and a good time it was too, there was a faraway country ruled by a wise economist-king called Tiebout who realized that the way to happiness was to organize local public services in market-analogous manner. He did this by dividing local government in Tieboutiana into many competing units, each with its own package of public goods and taxes. In this way citizens (in Tieboutiana they were called consumer-voters) could move between local authorities in search of the public services they wanted at tax rates they thought reasonable.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1017/S0007123497240056
ISSNs: 0007-1234 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 34504
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
January 1997Published
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:01

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