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Comparative Study of Community Decision-Making (ICPSR 25)

Published: Mar 25, 2008

Principal Investigator(s):
Terry Nichols Clark

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This study contains data for 51 communities with populations of 50,000-750,000 in 22 states of the United States on the characteristics of community leadership, decision-making, and patterns of influence, as well as political, economic, and demographic composition of the communities and per capita expenditures for various common community functions. Information regarding general political and public policy issues, specific municipal problems, and their solutions was obtained from interviews with eight prominent individuals in each city, such as the Chamber of Commerce president, a labor leader, a leading newspaper editor or publisher, the chairmen of the Democratic and Republican parties, the president of the largest bank, and the mayor. Data are also provided on the characteristics of the cities, including composite indexes created from the interview data as well as data from other sources. The study is composed of three files: a Merged Aggregate and Individual file (Part 1), an Aggregate file (Part 2), and an Individual file (Part 3). The Merged Aggregate and Individual file (Part 1) contains the responses of the individuals interviewed and information on the characteristics of each respondent's city from other sources. Items include education, health, culture, welfare, and total expenditures of the city. The Aggregate file (Part 2) contains information on the population characteristics of each city, as well as information on the structure, income, and expenditures of the city government. Demographic indices describe age and income distribution of the population, racial composition, level of educational attainment, and the size, income and occupational distribution of the labor force. The Individual file (Part 3) provides information received from respondents on decision-making pertaining to issues of urban renewal, mayoral elections, air pollution control, race relations, health, education, industrial and economic development, and anti-poverty programs.

Clark, Terry Nichols. Comparative Study of Community Decision-Making. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-03-25.

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North Carolina   Milwaukee   Akron   Charlotte   Indiana   Santa Ana   Berkeley   Fort Worth   Utica   Tyler   Cambridge   Utah   San Jose   Memphis   Jacksonville   Arizona   Buffalo   Boston   Pittsburgh   Seattle   St. Petersburg   Clifton   California   Florida   Pennsylvania   Waukegan   Hammond   Texas   Connecticut   Newark   Georgia   Malden   Tampa   Indianapolis   Duluth   United States   Tennessee   Euclid   Alabama   Pasadena   Albany (New York)   Warren   Amarillo   Minneapolis   Atlanta   Massachusetts   Washington (state)   Missouri   Hamilton   Phoenix   Salt Lake City   St. Louis   Wisconsin   Gary   Schenectady   Waterbury   Fullerton   St. Paul   Bloomington   Minnesota   Irvington   New York (state)   Birmingham   New Jersey   Michigan   San Francisco   Santa Monica   Palo Alto   Long Beach   New Hampshire   Manchester   Ohio   South Bend   Waco

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The data map is provided as an ASCII text file, and the codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file.

A total of 51 communities with populations of 50,000-750,000 in 22 states of the United States.

(1) personal interviews, and (2) reports of the United States Bureau of the Census, reports of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Municipal Yearbook, and scholarly publications

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survey data



2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.


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