Rural Change, Markets, Governance,and Quality of Life
Citizens have shown increasing impatience with governments that have not moved quickly enough to respond to the challenges by providing their own "fixes" through support for term limitations and tax and expenditure limitations, initiatives on constitutional amendments and direct statutory approvals, and founding of new governments, both general purpose and single purpose special districts. Investigate the potential for rural development policies based on entrepreneurship, industrial clustering, value-added and nontraditional agricultural businesses and analyze the spatial implications of industrial restructuring on employment and earnings. Investigate the changing organizational structure, tax policy and fiscal standing of local governments and the impact of tax and/or expenditure limitations (TELs) on local government fiscal stress and economic
growth in rural areas.