James H. Svara,Douglas J. Watson's More than Mayor or Manager: Campaigns to Change Form of PDF

By James H. Svara,Douglas J. Watson

Different varieties of urban executive are in common use around the usa. the 2 most typical buildings are the mayor-council shape and the council-manager shape. in lots of huge U.S. towns, there were passionate pursuits to alter the constitution of urban governments and both excessive efforts to shield an present constitution. constitution swap (or upkeep) is supported to unravel difficulties resembling legislative gridlock, corruption, vulnerable govt management, short-range regulations, or useless supply of providers. a few of these towns replaced their type of govt via referendum whereas different towns selected to continue the shape in use.

More than Mayor or Manager bargains in-depth case reports of fourteen huge U.S. towns that experience thought of altering their kind of govt over the last twenty years: St. Petersburg, Florida; Spokane, Washington; Hartford, Connecticut; Richmond, Virginia; San Diego, California; Oakland, California; Kansas urban, Missouri; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Dallas, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; Topeka, Kansas; St. Louis, Missouri; and Portland, Oregon. The case reports make clear what those constitutional contests train us approximately diversified sorts of government—the explanations that help events for swap, what the advocates of swap promised, what's at stake for the character of elected management and the connection among leaders, and why a few referendums succeeded whereas others failed. This insightful quantity could be of exact curiosity to leaders and curiosity teams at the moment contemplating or dealing with efforts to alter the shape of presidency in addition to students within the box of city studies.

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