Eric S. Heberlig is Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and coauthor (with Bruce A. Larson) of Congressional Parties, Institutional Ambition, and the Financing of Majority Control. Suzanne M. Leland is Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and coeditor (with Kurt Thurmaier) of City-County Consolidation: Promises Made, Promises Kept? David Swindell is the Director of the Center for Urban Innovation and Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University.
In City–County Consolidation, Suzanne Leland and Kurt Thurmaier compare nine city–county consolidations—incorporating data from 10 years before and after each consolidation—to similar cities and counties that did not consolidate. Their groundbreaking study offers valuable insight into whether consolidation meets those promises made to voters to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of these governments.
The book will appeal to those with an interest in urban affairs, economic development, local government management, general public administration, and scholars of policy, political science, sociology, and geography.