|“Citizen Satisfaction With Local Government Services: A Test of Individual, Jurisdictional, and City Specific Explanations
||What are the sources of citizen satisfaction with local government? Our answers to this question remain fragmentary due to limits in our tools of investigation which have not been well suited for disentangling individual- and jurisdictional-level det...
|Citizenship in the Empowered Locality: An Elaboration, Critique, and a Partial Test
||Although liberal and communitarian interpretations of citizenship differ profoundly, they nevertheless offer essentially similar prescriptions in support of empowered localities. The authors argue, instead, that the rejected alternative of consolidat...
|City Managers Under Fire: How Conflict Leads to Turnover
||To evaluate the influence of turnover among city management professionals, data were gathered and analyzed in a study that followed the careers of 133 city managers in Florida since 1986. In contrast to previous studies, conflict was found to be a fr...
|Competition, Negotiation, and Cooperation: Three Models for Service Contracting
||Contracting for public services from public or private suppliers is now a common prescription to improve government efficiency. The competitive bidding model is usually viewed as the ideal contracting process. However, this article explains that two ...
|Connecting a University to a Distant Neighborhood: Three Stages of Learning and Adaptation
||The willingness on the part of university participants to listen attentively to community representatives is of great importance to successful collaborations. This article presents three phases of a university-community partnership between the Macedo...
|Contracting for Human Services: What We Have Learned and an Rx for the Future
||This article examines some of the major trends in social service contracting and what has been learned about it in the past 15 or 20 years. Enormous strides have been made in understanding alternative approaches to service delivery, as well as in rea...
|The empirical evidence for citizen information and a local market for public goods
||In their 1993 article in this Review, Paul Teske, Mark Schneider, Michael Mintrom, and Samuel Best sought to establish the microfoundations for a model of a competitive market for public 5 services between local governments in polycentric regions. An...
|Evaluating Human Services Contracting: Managers, Professionals, and Politicos
||When state and local governments contract out for human services, the purchasing process is often affected by the value perspectives of the participants. The contracting system is shaped by differing approaches of three participant types: (1) the man...
|Human Services Contracting: Environmental, Behavioral, and Organizational Conditions
||Government's practice of contracting out with outside organizations for public services has become a major recommendation for cutting costs and improving service delivery. However, few scholars have examined this alternative in terms of the requisite...
|Invited Commentary on Brown, Potoski, and Van Slyke, “Managing Public Service Contracts: Aligning Values, Institutions, and Markets
||Since contracting for public services has become a primary tool in the toolkit of elected and administrative officials over the last two decades, it is heartening to see the growth of interest and research on the
subject. The Brown, Potoski, and Van...
|Long Term Socio-Demographic Challenges Facing the Greater Greensboro Area: New Opportunities
||Our community faces several socio-demographic challenges that have the
potential to significantly impact the Greater Greensboro area. These social trends
are especially related to broad demographic shifts in the population (e.g., age,
|Metropolitan Fragmentation and Suburban Ghettos: Some Empirical Observations on Institutional Racism
||Are citizens in predominantly black neighborhoods or communities better off with public services provided by a consolidated government where blacks are in the minority than when they control municipal government in an autonomous suburban setting? Thi...
|Professional Leadership in Local Government
||Local public service professionals are experts who temper their use of expertise with public service ethics. Public service ethics differ from the ethical codes of most professions in that they stress external accountability. Ethical codes of private...
|The Role of the Nonprofit Sector Amid Political Change: Contrasting Approaches in the Slovak Republic
||This paper focuses on the role, functions, and activities of the nonprofit sector in Slovakia from 1993 to 1998 during a critical time in the country’s development, using Salamon’s classification of the sector’s relationships with government as oppos...
|Tax and Spending Effects of Municipal Enterprises: The Case of Florida Electric Utilities
||This study tests the appropriateness of two competing hypotheses drawn from the public finance literature about the impact of municipal utility profits on local tax and spending patterns. By comparing data from cities that own their electric utilitie...
|With Heart and Soul: Closing a Faith-Based Refugee Resettlement Office
||This paper begins with a brief review of the literature on nonprofit and faith-based service organizations, many of whom rely on government grants and contracts. The following section summarizes refugee resettlement policy and partners in the U.S an...