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Case Studies of City-County Consolidation: Reshaping the Local Government Landscape : Reshaping the Local Government Landscape - Suzanne M. Leland

Case Studies of City-County Consolidation: Reshaping the Local Government Landscape

Reshaping the Local Government Landscape

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Published: 19th July 2004
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Facing cutbacks in federal and state assistance and a new wave of taxpayer revolts, local governments have renewed interest in local government consolidation as a way of achieving efficiencies of scale in response to citizen demands for services. Yet the vast majority of consolidation efforts fail, either during the process of drafting a charter or once they reach the ballot - only five have passed since 1990; only thirty-two have been successfully implemented since the first, when the city of New Orleans merged with Orleans Parish in 1805. What accounts for the high failure rate and what factors led to successful consolidations? This volume presents thirteen comparable case studies of consolidation campaigns and distills the findings.

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Jacksonville/Duval County, Florida Alternative Explanations for the Adoption of City-County Consolidation in Jacksonville/Duval, Florida
Columbus/Muscogee County, Georgia Goodbye Columbus
Tallahassee/Leon County, Florida Tallahassee/Leon Consolidation Referenda
Sacramento/Sacramento County, California Consolidation, West-Coast Style: Sacramento, California
Athens/Clarke County, Georgia "The Better Way": The Unification of Athens and Clarke, Georgia, Dan Durning
Lafayette/Lafayette Parish, Louisiana City-Parish Consolidated Government: Lafayette Parish and the City of Lafayette Louisiana
Branch/North Branch, Minnesota Citizen-Led Politics and City-City Consolidation: The Case of North Branch, Minnesota
Des Moines/Polk County, Iowa A Consolidation Attempt Without Power Deflation
Augusta/Richmond County, Georgia Financial Crisis, Racial Accommodation, and the Consolidation of Augusta and Richmond, Georgia
Wilmington/New Hanover County, North Carolina City-City Consolidation of Wilmington and New Hanover, North Carolina
Knoxville/Knox County, Tennessee A Predictable Failure: The Knoxville-Knox County Experience, 1996
Kansas City/Wyandotte County, Kansas Reforming Politics Through Reorganization: Consolidation in Wyandotte/Kansas City, Kansas
Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky Merger in Louisville/Jefferson
Conclusions
About the Editors and Contributors
Index
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ISBN: 9780765609434
ISBN-10: 0765609436
Series: Reshaping the Local Government Landscape
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 19th July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.85  x 2.67
Weight (kg): 0.65