Reinventing government: City manager attitudes and actions

  • Kearney R
  • Feldman B
  • Scavo C
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Abstract

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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Authors

  • Richard C. Kearney

  • Barry M. Feldman

  • Carmine P.F. Scavo

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