Title

Mayor-Council Form of Government and Policy Responses in Times of Economic Travail

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-2018

Abstract

© 2018 Policy Studies Organization This study examines the relationship between forms of government in U.S. cities and budgetary cuts that were soon implemented after the 2008 financial crisis. This analysis focuses on mayor-council and council-manager cities to determine the effects that institutional arrangements had on municipal governments’ ability to implement austerity measures in a timely fashion. Using data from the International City/County Management Association, this study finds that mayor-council cities implemented fewer austerity measures and were less likely to implement many of the cutback strategies, when compared to municipalities with the council-manager form government.

DOI

10.1111/polp.12273

Publication Title

Politics and Policy

First Page

714

Last Page

730

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