Seroka, Jim
September 1985
Public Administration Quarterly;Fall85, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p342
Academic Journal
This article presents a research which compared the individual and cumulative empirical impacts of growth-decline, form of government, position and state on selected political processes in rural counties in the U.S. In order to accomplish this objective, it is necessary to measure variation in political processes; to identify the effects which growth-decline, form of government and as appropriate, type of position have on the variance and mean level of rural county political processes; and to weigh and compare the relative impact of each independent variable on variation in political processes. Data from this study are derived from a survey questionnaire sent to country officials in rural counties in the states of Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota and Utah. The results indicate that the rural county political processes are predetermined by situational factors outside the control of the decision makers. Growth or decline, structure, state or office singly or combined, do not effectively restrain the ability of a rural county leader to approach policy issues from an open perspectives. From a more positive perspective, this may imply that rural county leaders, perhaps more than other groups of leaders, have the opportunity to work within a political environment which is not predetermined by a county's growth experience. Thus, it appears that rural county leaders can make a difference in defining their policy environment.


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