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