The Bounded and Pragmatic Consultant: Fiscal Impact Analysts as Rational Actors
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Sch Landscape Architecture & Planning
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PublisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
CitationDustin C. Read, Andrew R. Sanderford & Thomas Skuzinski (2019) The Bounded and Pragmatic Consultant: Fiscal Impact Analysts as Rational Actors, Planning Practice & Research, 34:4, 475-488, DOI: 10.1080/02697459.2019.1624427
JournalPLANNING PRACTICE AND RESEARCH
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AbstractThis article examines how fiscal impact analysts retained by municipal governments across the United States approach their work. Consistent with theories of rationality found in the extant literature, the results suggest these third-party consultants do not view themselves solely as technicians responsible for generating the most accurate studies possible. Rather, they rely on heuristics to enhance the defensibility, interpretability, and tractability of the reports they produce, while recognizing political dynamics and the need to build consensus. These reflections add the voice of the fiscal impact consultant to the planning research - a voice surprisingly absent to date.
Note18 month embargo; published online: 3 June 2019
VersionFinal accepted manuscript