More Than Mayor or Manager: Campaigns to Change Form of Government in America's Large Cities

More Than Mayor or Manager: Campaigns to Change Form of Government in America's Large Cities

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589017092
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 11/23/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 878,891
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James H. Svara is a professor of public affairs and director of the Center for Urban Innovation at Arizona State University. He is coeditor of The Facilitative Leader in City Hall and author of The Ethics Primer for Public Administrators in Government and Nonprofit Organizations.

Doug Watson is a former professor at the University of Texas at Dallas and city manager of Auburn, Alabama. He is co-author of Civic Battles: When Cities Change Their Form of Government.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

1 Introduction: Framing Constitutional Contests in Large Cities James H. Svara Douglas J. Watson 1

Part I Change from Council-Manager to Mayor-Council Form

2 St. Petersburg: Easing into a Strong-Mayor Government J. Edwin Benton Donald C. Menzel Darryl Paulson 25

3 Spokane: Development Debate Sparks Government Debate Wendy L. Hassett 47

4 Hartford: Politics Trumps Professionalism Wendy L. Hassett 63

5 Richmond: Implementation of and Experience with Strong-Mayor Form of Government Nelson Wikstrom 81

6 San Diego: Switch from Reform to Representative Glen W. Sparrow 103

7 Oakland: The Power of Celebrity? Explaining Strong-Mayor Charter Reform Megan Mullin 121

Part II Rejected change from Council-Manager to Mayor-Council Form

8 Kansas City: The Evolution of Council-Manager Government Kimberly Nelson Curtis Wood 141

9 Grand Rapids: A Lack of Enthusiasm for Change in the Council-Manager Form Eric S. Zeemering 163

10 Dallas: The Survival of Council-Manager Government Karen M. Jarrell 183

11 Cincinnati: Charter Conflict and Consensus John T. Spence 203

Part III Change from Mayor-Council to Council-Manager

12 El Paso: Professionalism over Politics in the Shift to Council-Manager Government Larry Terry 225

13 Topeka: Council-Manager Redux Finding Balance in the Politics-Administration Dichotomy R. Paul Battaglio Jr. 245

Part IV Rejected Change to Mayor-Council Form from Commission and Weak Mayor

14 St. Louis: Déjà Vu All over Again-Charter Reform Fails Robert Cropf Todd Swanstrom Scott Krummenacher 263

15 Portland: "Keep Portland Weird," Retaining the Commission Form of Government Doug Morgan Masami Nishishiba Dan Vizzini 279

16 Conclusion: Distinct Factors and Common Themes in Change of Form Referenda James H. Svara Douglas J. Watson 303

List of Contributors 325

Index 331

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Dick Simpson

This important book is a contribution to both public administration and urban politics. It sheds light on the issues of democracy in political science but also has practical advice for those who are appointed or are elected officials.

From the Publisher

"This important book is a contribution to both public administration and urban politics. It sheds light on the issues of democracy in political science but also has practical advice for those who are appointed or are elected officials." -- Dick Simpson, University of Illinois at Chicago

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