Governance Reform Research

As Greater Ohio continues to research local governance reform, we are finding a wealth of exisiting research both here in Ohio and throughout the country. If you have suggestions for additional research please send a note to


Comparative map that illustrates the number of local governments in Ohio as compared to the rest of the nation.

Ohio State- and Local-Government Payroll and Expenditures, Philip A. Trostel, University of Maine School of Economics & Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, November 2009

Anotated bibliography for Ohio

Local Government Collaboration in Ohio: Are We Walking the Walk or Just Talking the Talk, John Hoornbeek, et. al, Kent State University, The Center for Public Administration and Public Policy, December 2009

Collaborative Local Government in the State of Ohio, Jack Dustin, David Jones, Myron Levine, Wright State University, December 2009

Building a Better Ohio: Creating Collaboration in Governance, The Ohio Commission on Local Government Reform and Collaboration, August 2010

National and Other States

Report on Progress on Government Reform and Collaboration Across the Nation, the Ohio State University, November 2009

Local Government Reform in Indiana, Dagney Faulk and Michael Hicks, Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research, January 2009

The Economic Impact of Shared Services in Pennsylvania and an Examination of Shared Service Delivery in Selected Counties, Pennsylvania Economy League, August 2009

Opportunities for Innovation in Local Government: A Summary of Findings from Recent Research, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania

Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform: Streamlining Local Government, December 2007

21st Century Local Government: Report on the New York State Commission on Local Government Efficiency & Competitiveness, April 2008

Government Consolidation in Indiana: Separating Rhetoric from Realtiy, Wendell Cox, Demographia, February 2009.