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.
Subjects: Political Science
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