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5th Annual Deil S. Wright Symposium

Local Government and the States: The Shifting Dynamics of State-Local Relations

Friday, March 9, 2018
Sponsored by the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM). Content details provided by the Section.


8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.:
Welcome & Introduction

Russ Hanson, Indiana University
Eric Zeemering, Northern Illinois University

Remarks on the Legacy of Deil Wright
Kim Nelson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
The Position of Local Governments in the U.S. Federal System

Bev Cigler, Penn State University—Harrisburg, Panel Moderator

Municipal Government and its Role in a State-Local System: Evidence from Panel Data
Agustin Leon-Moreta, University of New Mexico

Do State Spending Priorities Constrain or Promote Local Government Sustainability Policies?
Jayce L. Farmer, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Power, Protest, and Participation: Understanding the Municipal Takeover of Flint, Michigan
Ashley E. Nickles, Kent State University

Do Local Governments with Higher Citizen Ratings on Service Quality Have Higher Service Performance Transparency? Evidence from U.S. Local Governments
Jie Tao, University of North Texas
Brian K. Collins, University of North Texas

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Morning Break


10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Audience Discussion: Fifty State Profiles on State-Local Relations


11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
A New Look at State Pre-Emption

John Kincaid, Lafayette College, Panel Moderator

State Pre-Emption and the Ghost of Judge Dillon
David Swindell, Arizona State University,
Carl Stenberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
James Svara, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Diffusion Quarantine: The Use of State Pre-Emption to Prevent the Spread of Innovations
Daniel J. Mallinson, Penn State Harrisburg

Municipal Policy and Fracking Discretion in the States
Brian K. Collins, University of North Texas

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break


1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Rescaling Governance for State-Local Relations: Regional Intergovernmental Organizations

Jen Nelles, City University of New York – Hunter College, Panel Moderator

Leading Actors: The Role of Local Elected Officials on Boards of Regional Intergovernmental Organizations
Jay Rickbaugh, University of Pittsburgh

RIGOs and Civic Engagement
George W. Dougherty, Jr., University of Pittsburgh

Balancing Local and Regional Interests Using Cultural Heuristics
Thomas Skuzinski, Virginia Polytechnic University

Modeling State-Local Coordination of Water Quality Management at the Regional Scale for the Lake Champlain Basin
Christopher Koliba, University of Vermont
Patrick Bitterman, University of Vermont

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Panel Discussion: The Shifting Dynamics of State-Local Relations

Russ Hanson & Eric Zeemering, Panel Moderators

Irv Halter, Director
Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Cliff Lippard, Executive Director
Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations

Doug Linkhart, President
National Civic League

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Remarks from Mark Wright on Behalf of the Wright Family


Concluding Remarks
Russ Hanson, Indiana University
Eric Zeemering, Northern Illinois University

Note: The SIAM Annual Business Meeting is scheduled for 4:45 p.m.

Please check the SIAM website (www.siam-aspa.net) for additional confirmed participants.