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Local government performance through the eyes of citizens

Mark A. Glaser (Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs, Wichita State University)
Robert B. Denhardt (School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University)

Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management

ISSN: 1096-3367

Article publication date: 1 March 2000



Citizens generally do not have a good understanding of local government and consequently have difficulty assessing performance objectively. Instead, they permit a variety of indicators and sources of information to shape their perceptions of government. This research takes a first step toward an improved understanding of citizen-government relations, especially focusing on how citizens see government. The survey results from over 1800 citizens in Orange County, Florida (including the metropolitan area of Orlando) are analyzed through a series of multiple regression models employing varied assumptions and citizen populations to better understand what drives citizen perceptions of local government performance. To effectively change citizen-government relations, local government must honor citizen values and priorities by demonstrating that it listens to citizens and acts on what it hears.


Glaser, M.A. and Denhardt, R.B. (2000), "Local government performance through the eyes of citizens", Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 49-73.



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