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The Relationship between Citizen Involvement in the Budget Process and City Structure and Culture

Carol Ebdon
Public Productivity & Management Review
Vol. 23, No. 3 (Mar., 2000), pp. 383-393
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
DOI: 10.2307/3380726
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3380726
Page Count: 11
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The Relationship between Citizen Involvement in the Budget Process and City Structure and Culture
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Abstract

This study examines the use of citizen participation in the budget process in council-manager cities. Citizen involvement was expected to vary based on city election methods, population, racial diversity, and political culture. The study used an International City/County Management Association survey that asked city managers about their use of seven different citizen participation methods in the budget process. The most often used methods involve officials sharing information about the budget rather than citizen input. Use of these methods did not vary significantly among cities with different election methods, but differences were found based on size and political culture. The results have implications for the development of effective participation mechanisms.

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