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Does Local Government Matter?How Urban Policies Shape Civic Engagement$
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Elaine B. Sharp

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677085

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677085.001.0001

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The Impact of Development Incentive Policy Reform

The Impact of Development Incentive Policy Reform

A Case Study

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Does Local Government Matter?

Elaine B. Sharp

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter continues the investigation of the impact of cities’ development policies via a case study of one city’s (Lawrence, Kansas) experience with several waves of tax abatement policy reform for over a decade. Tracing this history allows direct examination of the processes of policy development, business reaction, and policy feedback effects. The case study shows that as city governments increased municipal controls over tax abatement policies, their development incentive programs sent negative messages to business owners and managers. Local businesses perceived reforms as threats not just to their bottom line but to their status in the community.

Keywords:   economic policy, local government, tax abatement, tax policy reform

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