Municipal Shared Services and Consolidation

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Municipal Shared Services and Consolidation provides a comprehensive and clear review of the theories and practices of structuring and managing complex local government services. Intended for both students and practitioners, this volume in the Public Solutions Handbook Series addresses concepts and processes of shaping collaborative arrangements in public service with goals of effectiveness and efficiency in mind. The Handbook begins with a review of theories of shared services and consolidation, highlighting conceptual foundations, practical barriers, and cultural considerations related to these efforts. Specific, practical advice follows, highlighting the processes of creating, implementing, and managing shared services and consolidation agreements. Municipal Shared Services and Consolidation is exceptionally well written and is amplified by examples, cases, illustrations, and a comprehensive bibliography.

Table of contents

Half Title
Title Page
Copyright Page
Table of Contents
Series Editor’s Introduction
Part I: Introduction and Theoretical Considerations
1. Municipal Size, Resources, and Efficiency: Theoretical Bases for Shared Services and Consolidation
2. The Costs of Services Cooperation: A Review of the Literature
3. Communities and Culture
Part II: Municipal Shared Services and Consolidation in Practice
4. Service-Level Consolidation and Sharing Arrangements
5. Lessons Learned from the Nonprofit–Government Relationship for the Municipal Government Manager
6. Managing Interlocal Contracts and Shared Service Relationships
7. Do Shared Services Achieve Results? The Performance of Interlocal Agreements
8. Toward Interlocal Collaboration: Lessons from a Failed Attempt to Create a Fire Authority
9. Mapping the Shared Services Landscape
10. Alternative Service Delivery Arrangements: Creativity and Innovation in Local Government
About the Editor and Contributors

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