TITLE

City Managers’ Policy Leadership in Council-Manager Cities

AUTHOR(S)
Yahong Zhang; Feiock, Richard C.
PUB. DATE
April 2010
SOURCE
Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory;Apr2010, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p461
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the study investigating the mechanisms leading elected officials to defer to the manager in policy making in U.S. cities. It notes that factors that explain variation in managers' policy-making roles has not been systematically explored, though city managers' policy leadership has drawn great attention from scholars of public administration. Survey data from Florida council-manager cities show that noninstitutional factors, like mayors' political experience, managers' professionalism, and concordance of manager, influence the likelihood that a council will allow a manager to exercise policy influence. The data indicates that city managers earn policy-making leadership at the expense of their administrative authority.
ACCESSION #
53299116

 

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