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City-County Consolidation : Promises Made, Promises Kept? - Suzanne M. Leland

City-County Consolidation

Promises Made, Promises Kept?

By: Suzanne M. Leland (Editor), Kurt Thurmaier (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st August 2010
ISBN: 9781589016286
Number Of Pages: 336
For Ages: 22+ years old

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"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 that 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

"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

"This volume, employing a well-designed and executed comparative research design, provides the reader with the effect of city–county consolidation in promoting local governmental efficiency and economic development in nine communities. A much-needed volume, it is must reading for all scholars of urban government and politics and is an ideal supplementary text to be utilized in graduate courses focusing on urban affairs"—Nelson Wikstrom professor of political science, Virginia Commonwealth University

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.

This volume, employing a well designed and executed comparative research design, provides the reader with the effect of city-county consolidation in promoting local governmental efficiency and economic development in nine communities. A much needed volume, it is must reading for all scholars of urban government and politics and is an ideal supplementary text to be utilized in graduate courses focusing on urban affairs. -Nelson Wikstrom, professor of political science, Virginia Commonwealth University 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

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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ISBN: 9781589016286
ISBN-10: 1589016289
Series: American Governance and Public Policy series
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st August 2010
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5