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City-county consolidation : promises made, promises kept? /
Suzanne M. Leland and Kurt Thurmaier, editors.
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Washington D.C. : Georgetown University Press, c2010.
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xi, 322 p.
ISBN
1589016289 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9781589016286 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Washington D.C. : Georgetown University Press, c2010.
isbn
1589016289 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781589016286 (pbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
7293762
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Suzanne M. Leland is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Kurt Thurmaier is a professor and director of the Division of Public Administration at Northern Illinois University.
First Chapter
Although a frequently discussed reform, campaigns to merge a major municipality and county to form a unified government fail to win voter approval eighty per cent of the time. One cause for the low success rate may be that little systematic analysis of consolidated governments has been done. In City–County Consolidation, Suzanne Leland and Kurt Thurmaier compare nine city–county consolidations—incorporating data from 10 years before and after each consolidation—to similar cities and counties that did not consolidate. Their groundbreaking study offers valuable insight into whether consolidation meets those promises made to voters to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of these governments. The book will appeal to those with an interest in urban affairs, economic development, local government management, general public administration, and scholars of policy, political science, sociology, and geography.
Reviews
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"Never before has a book taken a sample of city--county consolidations, attempted to identify control pairs for comparison, delineated the promises made in the preconsolidation campaigns, and used these promises to study the extent to which those promises were met. This book will be of interest to political scientists, experts in public administration, and students of local government." -- Beth Walter Honadle , professor of political science and affiliated faculty, School of Planning, University of Cincinnati
"Scholars interested in contesting claims about the advantages and costs of city--county consolidation will find this book a very useful text. Leland and Thurmaier developed a careful research design and recruited a group of researchers to study each of nine city--county consolidations that occurred in order to test three broad hypotheses about the consequences. They found mixed evidence which is presented very carefully and provides the foundation for considerable future policy and research applications." -- Elinor Ostrom , senior research director, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, and founding director, Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, Arizona State University
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Summaries
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Although a frequently discussed reform, campaigns to merge a major municipality & county to form a united government fail to win voter approval 80% of the time. One cause for this low success rate may be that little systematic analysis of consolidated governments has been done.
Main Description
Although a frequently discussed reform, campaigns to merge a major municipality and county to form a unified government fail to win voter approval eighty per cent of the time. One cause for the low success rate may be that little systematic analysis of consolidated governments has been done. In City--County Consolidation , Suzanne Leland and Kurt Thurmaier compare nine city--county consolidations -- incorporating data from 10 years before and after each consolidation -- to similar cities and counties that did not consolidate. Their groundbreaking study offers valuable insight into whether consolidation meets those promises made to voters to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of these governments. The book will appeal to those with an interest in urban affairs, economic development, local government management, general public administration, and scholars of policy, political science, sociology, and geography.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
A Research Design for Evaluating Consolidation Performancep. 1
An Assessment of the City-County Consolidation of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennesseep. 25
Does Consolidation Make a Difference? A Comparative Analysis of Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginiap. 57
What Difference Does City-County Consolidation Make?: A Historical Analysis of Jacksonville and Tampa, Floridap. 83
City-County Consolidation A Case Study of Carson City, Nevadap. 105
ôThe Urge to Mergeö: The Consolidation of Lexington and Fayette County, Kentuckyp. 135
From Company Town to Consolidated Government: The Western-Style Consolidation of Butte and Silver Bow County, Montanap. 161
The Case of Lynchburg and Moore County, Tennessee, Consolidationp. 179
Unification Promises and Outcomes The Case of Athens and Clarke County, Georgiap. 215
Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Service Delivery in Local Government The Case of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansasp. 245
Promises Made, Promises Keptp. 271
Contributorsp. 311
Indexp. 315
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