County Government: A Guide to Efficient and Accountable Government


Since the early 1900s, the manager form of municipal government has had enthusiastic supporters. Today, it is one of the most popular forms of municipal government and has brought greater efficiency and accountability to municipal operations. Nonetheless, as Coppa makes clear, this wave of reform has not fully impacted county government. The commission form, widely criticized for its lack of accountability, remains the most popular form of county government. Coppa suggests greater accountability and efficiency can be achieved if the commission form is replaced with the "Union" plan and existing county administrators are given greater executive power.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2000


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