Local Government Modernization

Archive Report

Current Strains on Local Government

Pressures for Change in the City and County

Local government in the United States is being strained beyond its capacity to serve the great expanses of population building up in and around big urban centers. A frustration common to cities and suburbs is the inadequacy of existing governmental machinery to deal with the complexity and range of their problems. At the same time, the urban migration is depopulating the countryside to the point that local government is not easily supported in many rural areas.

The nation's top business leadership has recently expressed the belief that local government will gradually wither away unless it is reorganized in terms of 20th century needs. Its survival is considered essential on two grounds: first, the traditional ...

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