Frame the Consolidation Debate with a Sound Argument: A Reply to a Response

“The most persuasive argument in favor of city–county consolidation has been—and remains—economic development through the formation of a strong and attractive regional community identity. Empirical evidence consistently demonstrates that appeals to voters based on reducing inner-city/suburban socioeconomic inequity and enhancing administrative efficiency are a recipe for failed consolidation campaigns.”

Published in Public Administration Review | K. Thurmaier | 2006