Inequality and Governance in the Metropolis

Place Equality Regimes and Fiscal Choices in Eleven Countries

  • Jefferey M. Sellers
  • Marta Arretche
  • Daniel Kübler
  • Eran Razin

Part of the Comparative Territorial Politics book series (COMPTPOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. The Tieboutian Model

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Jefferey M. Sellers, Erika R. Petroy, Sasha Hondagneu-Messner
      Pages 27-56
  3. The Partial Equalization Model

  4. The Full Equalization Model

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Jefferey M. Sellers, Marta Arretche, Daniel Kübler, Eran Razin
      Pages 253-274
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 275-278

About this book


This book undertakes the first systematic, multi-country investigation into how regimes of place equality, consisting of multilevel policies, institutions and governance at multiple scales, influence spatial inequality in metropolitan regions. Extended, diversified metropolitan regions have become the dominant form of human settlement, and disparities among metropolitan places figure increasingly in wider trends toward growing inequality. Regimes of place equality are increasingly critical components of welfare states and territorial administration. They can aggravate disparities in services and taxes between sub-national jurisdictions, or mitigate and compensate for local differences. The volume examines these regimes in a global sample of eleven democracies.  The cases encompass unitary and federal states as well as developed and developing countries, with examples from Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The analyses reveal new dimensions of efforts to grapple with growing inequality around the world, and a variety of institutional blueprints to address one of the most daunting challenges of twenty-first century governance. 


city inequality fiscal disparities territorial politics comparative politics public services decentralisation USA Switzerland Canada India Sweden Czech Republic South Africa France Israel Spain

Editors and affiliations

  • Jefferey M. Sellers
    • 1
  • Marta Arretche
    • 2
  • Daniel Kübler
    • 3
  • Eran Razin
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.University of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.University of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  4. 4.The Hebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael

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