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Managing America's Small Communities

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Beschreibung

Managing America's Small Communities charts several key aspects of the largely unexamined world of small city management. This book describes the democraphic trends, structural features, executive behavior and service quality among small communities. Are small cities growing, declining or have they remained untouched by the force of change? To what extent have the structural changes and reforms that have swept through larger cities touched small communities? What are the characteristics and behaviors of small city chief executives and how involved are different executives in the dimensions of the governmental process? How do chief executives in small cities make decisions about local services and programs? Are there differences in the extent to which appointed managers and elected mayors are responsive to community interests? The book also examines the frequency with which small communities provide various services, the quality of services provided and how small city officials can diagnose problems with service quality and performance. The book's theme is the value added to small communities that evidence professionalism in city administration. The benefits that accrue to having a professional city manager are most apparent in the extent to which city managers are engaged in decisions related to each of the dimensions of the governmental process, the level of service quality provided, and the prospects for measuring service performance.

Autorentext

By David H. Folz and Edward P. French



Klappentext

Managing America's Small Communities charts several key aspects of the largely unexamined world of small city management. This book describes the democraphic trends, structural features, executive behavior and service quality among small communities. Are small cities growing, declining or have they remained untouched by the force of change? To what extent have the structural changes and reforms that have swept through larger cities touched small communities? What are the characteristics and behaviors of small city chief executives and how involved are different executives in the dimensions of the governmental process? How do chief executives in small cities make decisions about local services and programs? Are there differences in the extent to which appointed managers and elected mayors are responsive to community interests? The book also examines the frequency with which small communities provide various services, the quality of services provided and how small city officials can diagnose problems with service quality and performance. The book's theme is the value added to small communities that evidence professionalism in city administration. The benefits that accrue to having a professional city manager are most apparent in the extent to which city managers are engaged in decisions related to each of the dimensions of the governmental process, the level of service quality provided, and the prospects for measuring service performance.



Inhalt

Chapter 1 Introduction
Part 2 Why Study Small Communities?
Part 3 Purpose of the Book
Part 4 Data and Methods
Part 5 Plan for the Book
Chapter 6 Profile of Small Communities and Chief Executives
Part 7 Demographic Trends in Small Communities
Part 8 Structural Features of Small Town Governments
Part 9 The Chief Executives of Small Communities
Part 10 The Issues That Concern Small City Chief Executives
Part 11 Summary
Chapter 12 Executive Behavior and Decision Making
Part 13 Role Emphases and Time Allocation Among Chief Executives
Part 14 Executive Involvement in the Governmental Process
Part 15 Patterns of Consultation in Decision Making by Executives
Part 16 The Influence of Local Interest Groups on Executive Decisions
Part 17 Summary
Chapter 18 Measuring and Comparing Municipal Service Quality
Part 19 The Concept of Service Quality
Part 20 The Two Dimensions of Service Quality
Part 21 Conceptual Model of Service Quality
Part 22 The Service Performance Gap
Part 23 The Service Delivery Gap
Part 24 The Knowledge, Service Design and Communication Gaps
Part 25 The Value of Measuring Input Service Quality
Part 26 Indicators of Input Service Quality
Part 27 Police Services
Part 28 Fire Protection Services
Part 29 Building Code Enforcement Services
Part 30 Solid Waste Recycling
Part 31 Input Service Quality Levels Among Small Communities
Part 32 Explaining Differences in Input Service Quality
Part 33 Summary
Chapter 34 Measuring and Comparing Municipal Service Performance
Part 35 Approaches to Performance Benchmarking
Part 36 Types of Measures Used in Assessing Service Performance
Part 37 Municipal Benchmarking Projects
Part 38 The ICMA Benchmarking Project
Part 39 The Northwest Municipal Conference Projects
Part 40 The North Carolina Benchmarking Project
Part 41 The South Carolina Benchmarking Project
Part 42 The Tennessee Benchmarking Project
Part 43 Lessons from the Municipal Benchmarking Projects
Part 44 Implications of Benchmarking Projects for Small Communities
Part 45 Summary
Chapter 46 Conclusion
Part 47 Directions for Future Research
Part 48 Appendix A: Measures Used for Police, Fire, Solid Waste and Recycling Services in Municipal Benchmarking Projects
Part 49 Appendix B: Financial Data Collection Forms for the Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project

Produktinformationen

Titel: Managing America's Small Communities
Untertitel: People, Politics, and Performance
Autor:
EAN: 9781461665755
ISBN: 978-1-4616-6575-5
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Genre: Politikwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 192
Veröffentlichung: 25.08.2005
Jahr: 2005
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 12.0 MB