With the aim of helping move research from rhetoric to empirical reality, this article reports results of a national survey of city managers on attitudes towards and actions taken to implement principles of reinventing government. A large majority of managers support key principles of reinvention. A smaller proportion of managers has taken actions to recommend adoption of reinvention programs in their budget proposals to council. Managers’ action-taking is influenced by certain characteristics of city managers, their communities, and their governments, including managers’ attitudes and experiences, slack resources, and region.
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