City Managers’ Policy Leadership in Council-Manager Cities

Posted: 26 Apr 2010

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Yahong Zhang

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Richard C. Feiock

Florida State University - Askew School of Public Administration and Policy

Date Written: April 2010

Abstract

City managers’ policy leadership has drawn great attention from scholars of public administration. However, what factors explain variation in managers’ policy-making roles has not been systematically explored. This study investigates the mechanisms leading elected officials to defer to the manager in policy making. Survey data from Florida council-manager cities indicate that noninstitutional factors-such as mayors’ political experience, managers’ professionalism, and concordance of manager and council preferences-influence the likelihood that a council will allow a manager to exercise policy influence. The data reveal that city managers earn policy-making leadership at the expense of their administrative authority. Thus, managers must reconcile inherent tensions between responsibility and compliance.

Suggested Citation

Zhang, Yahong and Feiock, Richard C., City Managers’ Policy Leadership in Council-Manager Cities (April 2010). Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 461-476, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1594611 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jopart/mup015

Yahong Zhang (Contact Author)

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Richard C. Feiock

Florida State University - Askew School of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

P.O. Box 2250
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2250
United States

HOME PAGE: http://askew.fsu.edu

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