1. What do you think promotes bureaucratic efficiency? Employees selected under the merit selection system or patronage system?
2. Which form of city government promotes greater efficiency and accountability? Discuss the differences among the commission structure, council manager, and mayor-council forms of city government.
3. Why is voter turnout in local elections so low? Should local governments move their local elections to coincide with general elections to encourage turnout? What would be the advantages and disadvantages?
4. Which do you feel is preferable, metropolitan fragmentation or consolidation? How can metropolitan-wide issues be resolved more effectively?
Politics In States and Communities 14th ed. Thomas R. Dye & Susan A. MacManus