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Local governments, administration, society, policy, San Bernardino, communication


Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences


In 1972, the County of San Diego solicited applications for the position of County Administrative Officer. Among the qualification requirements was a stipulation that the successful applicant would have both city and county administrative experience. The County's request clearly manifested the tremendous role that intergovernmental relations play in the conduct of local government. It is a role that grows even as the scope of municipal functions grows.

This paper represents an attempt to analyze the nature of functional staff-level interaction between local governments. The methodology is essentially a case study involving the County of San Bernardino and the several cities within the County. A specific attempt has not been made, however, to determine the validity of projecting these research findings on to other local government groups. For this reason, then, this analysis cannot claim to have wider applicability to local governments in general.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Political Science