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Michigan’s uneven and unequal approach to taking over municipal governments in financial distress is linked to local drinking water crises.

Hughes, Sara and Kopec, Anna (2022) Michigan’s uneven and unequal approach to taking over municipal governments in financial distress is linked to local drinking water crises. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (11 Mar 2022). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

From 2015 to 2019 the city of Flint, Michigan experienced a drinking water crisis which saw thousands of residents exposed to water-borne diseases and potential lead contamination. In new research, Sara Hughes and Anna Kopec examine the role of Michigan’s municipal takeover laws – which are intended to tackle local financial distress – in shaping water crises in Flint and elsewhere. They find that the state’s municipal takeover policies were often applied unevenly and inequitably, with cities placed under emergency management more likely to experience rising water rates, water service shutoffs, and attempts at privatization, often without public input.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 16 May 2022 11:24
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 11:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/114843

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