The following study is an attempt to give concrete expression to some recent tendencies in municipal government. The information required has been gleaned from various sources -- texts on municipal government and public finance, official reports, pamphlets and magazine and newspaper articles. In addition, contacts were made with approximately five hundred different people through correspondence or interviews.
The list of all those who gave valuable assistance to the undertaking is too lengthy to be included. However, the author wishes to express her particular indebtedness to the following: Professor Jacob H. Hollander, Professor George E. Barnett and Professor W. O. Weyforth of the Department of Political Economy in the Johns Hopkins University; Mr. Joseph L. Wheeler, Librarian of the Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore; Dr. Horace E. Flack and Miss Ella Hitchcock of the Department of Legislative Reference, Baltimore; Mr. Herbert J. Fallin, Director of the Bureau of Disbursements, Baltimore; Miss Helen Butler who assisted with the statistical work; Miss Dorothy Dawes who made the charts contained in the study; Miss Margaret Goodell of Bryn Mawr College who subjected the entire manuscript to a critical examination; and to numer-