Restructuring Governments in Urban Areas: First Iteration

  • David K. Hamilton
Part of the Public Administration, Governance and Globalization book series (PAGG, volume 2)


As indicated in the previous chapter, local government in North America was established to meet the needs of a rural society. With a small, mostly agrarian population, communities were small, and local government provided few services and amenities. There was also sociological and philosophical support for keeping cities small. The local governments consisted of homogeneous groups of people bound together often by religious or ethnic ties. According to the concept of Gemeinschaft, human beings are attracted to a community of people with whom they have something in common. They desire to identify with and be part of a closely knit group of people with similar values and characteristics with whom they can develop emotional ties and have intimate face-to-face relationships (Hamilton, 1999).


Local Government Central City Regional Government Voter Approval County Government 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David K. Hamilton
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  1. 1.Texas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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