Researching Public Law and Public Policy in the Public Interest
This empirical account of equity issues uses metro Baltimore, MD and the Camden, NJ region to set forth a broad range of analytical units and their proper assessment tools. In addition to detailed prescriptions about promising strategies, Rusk sets forth the raw materials for understanding and reforming complex state and local governmental arrangements that contribute to persistent inequity.
In an empirical challenge to culture of poverty theories published in the journal Science, the authors find that counterproductive decision making by the poor is correlated with the conditions of poverty itself. Poverty complicates brain functioning while relief from the constraints of poverty improves decision making.

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Many cities become over time economically interdependent with their surrounding areas, constituting a single economy and labor market (a metropolitan area). Such areas are usually integrated systems of local government jurisdictions. The economic links between the core and the periphery can become so close that one part cannot succeed without the other. This paper provides a typology of the main metropolitan-level governance approaches applied internationally, with their pros and cons, and related city examples. The paper focuses on areas with more than one local government, but also includes examples where the metropolitan area essentially coincides with one local government jurisdiction. It concludes with a summary of lessons learned and suggested topics for further applied research.
This paper will demonstrate how variations in historical development patterns in the Borough of Paramus and the City of Garfield have resulted in striking differences in terms of the economic and educational opportunities currently afforded the residents of each. Part I will consist of an Equity Audit highlighting the differences in life outcomes between the residents of these municipalities. Part II, Opportunity Factors, will discuss how disparities in wealth and the socioeconomic segregation of schoolchildren affect opportunity in each community. Part III, Remedies, will evaluate the viability of some techniques for addressing the existing disparities between Paramus and Garfield, with a particular focus on regional approaches such as tax-base sharing and inclusionary zoning.
While New Jersey is one of the United States’ most populous states, it is simultaneously one of its wealthiest. In other respects, however, New Jersey closely mirrors the overall demographic make-up of the United States, specifically in terms of race. When looking at New Jersey on a more micro and municipal level the state is equally illustrative of insidious problems plaguing the country as a whole, most notably the inequitable and disharmonious way in which wealth and race statistics are consolidated and segregated across New Jersey’s 566 municipalities, due in large part to a destructive reliance on localism; the manifestation of strong local legal power in the face of state control. Montville Township and Elizabeth help highlight the way in which localism has compounded inequity in New Jersey between for minorities and whites, and between the wealthy and the poor.