Municipal Government and Administration - Vol. 2

Municipal Government and Administration - Vol. 2

Municipal Government and Administration - Vol. 2

Municipal Government and Administration - Vol. 2

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One of the most important problems connected with the efficient management of municipal affairs is that of determining the number, organization, and relation of the various departments among which the work of administration should be divided. In American cities this matter has had astonishingly little attention until recent years. Municipal reformers have exaggerated the importance of establishing some particular type of city government, as though the whole problem of securing honest and economical administration could be solved by replacing a mayor and council with a commission, or by telescoping two chambers of the city council into one, or by shortening the ballot, or by electing the councilmen on a basis of proportional representation rather than in the old fashioned way. The political provisions of city charters have been the center of interest and discussion in America; while the desirability of equipping the city with the right sort of administrative mechanism, has received far less recognition than it deserves. There is some relation between good political framework and good administration, to be sure; but there is an even more intimate relation between good city administration and the right sort of administrative machinery.

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