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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

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. 1 A Research Design for Evaluating Consolidation Performance
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. 2 An Assessment of the City-County Consolidation of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee
  2. pp. 25-55
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  1. 3 Does Consolidation Make a Difference? A Comparative Analysis of Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  2. pp. 57-81
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  1. 4 What Difference Does City-County Consolidation Make? A Historical Analysis of Jacksonville and Tampa, Florida
  2. pp. 83-103
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  1. 5 City–County Consolidation: A Case Study of Carson City, Nevada
  2. pp. 105-133
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  1. 6 “The Urge to Merge”: The Consolidation of Lexington and Fayette County, Kentucky
  2. pp. 135-160
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  1. 7 From Company Town to Consolidated Government: The Western-Style Consolidation of Butte and Silver Bow County
  2. pp. 161-177
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  1. 8 The Case of Lynchburg and Moore County, Tennessee, Consolidation
  2. pp. 179-213
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  1. 9 Unification Promises and Outcomes: The Case of Athens and Clarke County, Georgia
  2. pp. 215-244
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  1. 10 Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Service Delivery in Local Government: The Case of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas
  2. pp. 245-270
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  1. 11 Promises Made, Promises Kept
  2. pp. 271-310
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 311-313
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 315-322
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781589016224
Related ISBN
9781589016286
MARC Record
OCLC
654443583
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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