Metropolitan Government and Governance: Theoretical Perspectives, Empirical Analysis, and the Future

Paperback | August 1, 1999

byG. Ross Stephens, Nelson Wikstrom

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Written by two prominent political scientists working in the field of local government theory and practice, Metropolitan Government and Governance offers a comprehensive understanding of the nature of local and metropolitan government and its relationship to the larger intergovernmentalsystem. It examines a wide range of common governmental practices and issues relating to local government in metropolitan areas as well as local government generally in the United States. Stephens and Wikstrom define and present several theoretical and applied perspectives including theconsolidationist one-government approach; federative efforts to create two-tier regional governments; the public choice approach which justifies the fragmented governmental structures that exist in most metropolitan areas; incremental change in relationships and roles; and regionalism which promotesregional political cultures. Each of these approaches is illustrated with concrete examples including seven case studies of major structural reforms that highlight strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to this issue. The book also analyzes citizen support and opposition to various typesof reform in both central cities and suburban areas. More generally, it discusses the range of options available to urban governments faced with growing problems of decreased federal funding and increasing demands regarding quality-of-life issues. Based on past findings and experience, Stephens andWikstrom propose a new model for the future governance of America's urban areas. They conclude with the argument that states must assume a more assertive role with regard to the structure of local governmental and service delivery in the nations 300 plus metropolitan regions. Metropolitan Governmentand Governance is a comprehensive analytical inquiry that is not only highly appropriate for students of political science and public administration, but will also be of value to scholars and policymakers as well.

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Written by two prominent political scientists working in the field of local government theory and practice, Metropolitan Government and Governance offers a comprehensive understanding of the nature of local and metropolitan government and its relationship to the larger intergovernmentalsystem. It examines a wide range of common governm...

G. Ross Stephens is at University of Missouri, Kansas City. Nelson Wikstrom is at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195112989

ISBN - 13:9780195112986

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The Metropolitan Governmental Mosaic2. The Logic of Metropolitan Government: Origins and Evolution3. The Elusive Quest for Metropolitan Government4. Metropolitan Government I: City-County Consolidation5. Metropolitan Government II: The Urban County and Limited Regional Structures6. Public Choise: An Alternative Perspective7. Incremental Change and the Metropolis8. Local Government in an Intergovernmental Context9. The Future of Metropolitan Government and GovernanceIndex