City-County Consolidation: Reform, Regionalism, Referenda and Requiem

“This article indicates that city-county consolidation continues to be considered a viable means of metropolitan reorganization although political obstacles often prevent adoption. The argument is made that there is sufficient support for reform, to be considered, but not enough political support for referenda passage.

There is a definite regional influence on where consolidations occur, with the West currently replacing the South as the region of most adoptions. Demographic data and information on recent court decisions are presented to indicate that city-county consolidation is less likely to be adopted in the future. The article concludes by suggesting that a new set of metropolitan reorganization questions must be asked, particularly with reference to the role of state government in the area of urban governance.”

Published in Political Research Quarterly | T. Cronin | 1979