Influence of Local Political Institutions on Policy Punctuation in Three Policy Areas

Sung Wook Kwon, Sylvia Gonzalez-Gorman

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Political institutions have been considered important factors that influence local policy processes. This study investigates if different county political institutions, including the form of government and home rule charter, influence the processes among three policy arenas: allocational, development, and redistributive. We analyze the annual expenditure change in Florida counties from 1995 to 2008. Results show that both modernized and nonmodernized counties show similar levels of policy changes in allocational, developmental as well as redistributive policy arenas, while counties with modernized political institutions tend to experience a slightly higher, although minimal, level of policy change in each of the three policy arenas. Related Articles: Aguado, Alexander. 2018. “Mayor-Council Form of Government and Policy Responses in Times of Economic Travail.” Politics & Policy 46 (5): 714-730. French, P. Edward. 2008. “Municipal Government: Does Structure Make a Difference in Small Cities and Towns.” Politics & Policy 31 (4): 694-725. Modlin, Steve. 2008. “Defining Involvement of County Commissioners in the Budget Formulation Process.” Politics & Policy 36 (6): 1044-1065. Related Media: Florida Association of Counties. n.d. “FAC All about Florida.” National Association of Counties. n.d. “National Association of Counties.”

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)300-325
Number of pages26
JournalPolitics and Policy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2019


  • Allocational
  • Counties
  • County Form of Government
  • County Home Rule
  • Expenditure Change
  • Florida
  • Political Institutions
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Punctuated Equilibrium Theory
  • Redistributive Policy Change
  • State and Local Politics and Policy
  • United States


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