The question of what leads to the adoption of particular urban governmental structures has not been fully answered. Research on this question has neglected the importance of state influences. This article examines the impact of several independent variables on urban structure, but unlike previous research, state influence is controlled. The age of a city emerges as a major explanatory variable. This is important because age may encompass "shared experiences" with governmental structures resulting from state mandates pertaining to non-home-rule cities. State requirements pertaining to non-home-rule cities seem to predispose cities toward certain structural arrangements even after they gain home rule status.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
- Public Administration