Coping with Crisis: How are Local Governments Reinventing Themselves in the Wake of the Great Recession?

This ICMA sponsored paper rests on the assumption that persisting economic hard times will eventually require managers and governing boards to adopt service delivery and budget balancing strategies beyond the typical “business as usual” approaches used in past recessions. According to the results of the research: 1) Most approaches are aimed at cutting expenditures rather than raising revenue; 2) Elected officials remain reluctant to enter into collaborative arrangements with other jurisdictions; and 3) Most approaches are conventional and incremental as opposed to bolder, innovative strategies, though this could change in the coming years.

Available online: http://icma.org/en/icma/knowledge_network/documents/kn/Document/303228/Coping_with_Crisis

It is included in the CJS Resource Library under the categories listed below. Select a link to find other resources in that category.

  • Background / History: The paper provides contextual background information about the effects of the recession on government functions.
  • Change Management: The paper describes the typical conventional and incremental approaches to change in local governments.
  • Fiscal and Service Issues: The paper discusses the cost-cutting approach of local governments.
  • Governance: The paper discusses the reluctance of elected officials to enter into CJS agreements.
  • Research and Evaluation: The paper presents research findings on sharing arrangements and governance approaches.

 
This resource is also linked to the Roadmap. Select a link below to read more about each area.

  • Why? / Phase One: Persisting economic hard times will eventually require managers and governing boards to adopt service delivery and budget balancing strategies beyond the typical “business as usual” approaches used in past recessions.
  • What? / Phase One: The paper presents research findings on sharing arrangements and governance approaches and discusses the reluctance of elected officials to enter into CJS agreements.
  • Context and History / Phase Two: The paper provides contextual background information about the effects of the recession on government functions.
  • Change Management / Phase Two: The paper describes the typical conventional and incremental approaches to change in local governments.
  • Communications and Change Management / Phase Three: The paper describes the typical conventional and incremental approaches to change in local governments.

 
Stenberg, C. (2011). Coping with Crisis: How Are Local Governments Reinventing Themselves in the Wake of the Great Recession? Washington, DC: International City/County Management Association.