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Race and city -county consolidation: Black voting participation and municipal elections


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Despite the fact that few large metropolitan areas have had city-county consolidations, interest remains high in these mergers as a means of restructuring urban government. Evaluation literature on city-county consolidations generally focuses on the criteria of efficiency and efficacy, not equity. Economic growth, cost savings, and tax levels and service provision are discussed more than the distribution of resources and power. There is a particular dearth of literature on political equity as it pertains to racial minorities. This study attempts to fill that void through the examination of black political participation levels prior to and following the four large-scale city-county consolidations in the last century: Nashville-Davidson County; Jacksonville-Duval County; Indianapolis-Marion County; and Louisville-Jefferson County. A common argument against consolidation is that it dilutes minority voting strength since urban minority populations have historically been concentrated in central cities. It is posited that black voter participation will decrease following consolidation due to a perception of loss of power. Further, sub-hypotheses positing that participation will vary among black voters according to socioeconomic status are explored. Mixed results are found in terms of turnout over time among the cities. Lack of available data presents operationalization issues in the cities and precludes any extensive analysis of Indianapolis. Therefore, discussion of Indianapolis is included only as an appendix.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Black studies;
Public administration
Classification
0325: Black studies
0617: Public administration
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Consolidation; Municipal elections; Race; Urban governance; Urban government; Voting participation
Title
Race and city -county consolidation: Black voting participation and municipal elections
Author
Hagan, Angela Stallings
Number of pages
131
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0110
Source
DAI-A 70/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109299854
University/institution
University of Louisville
University location
United States -- Kentucky
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3370020
ProQuest document ID
304916321
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304916321
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