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Council Member Perceptions Regarding Representational 1 Effectiveness: Does Bureaucracy Make a Difference?

Author: DOUGLAS M. IHRKE and SALVATORE LOMBARDO
Published in PAQ, Vol. 30 No. 2

Local governments are under increasing pressure to effectively
represent various political interests within communities. This study
attempts to measure and explain city council member perceptions of
local government representational effectiveness for a sample of
communities in New York state. The authors hypothesize that
variables from seven categories are related to representational
effectiveness. Using survey methodology and regression techniques,
the authors find, for example, that female council members rate their
local governments lower in representational effectiveness than their
male counterparts, and also that council members perceive a strong
relationship between program/service delivery and representational
effectiveness.

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