The Determinants of U.S. City Manager’s Sense of Power

  • Tansu DemirEmail author
  • Christopher G. Reddick
  • Branco Ponomariov


Research on public managers’ power at the national level has investigated an extensive range of contributing factors. Studies in local governments, however, have focused more on structural characteristics of governments under which managers serve. This paper proposes and tests a more comprehensive model to explain city managers’ sense of power. Community base, political savvy, and tenure of the city managers positively affect their sense of power. However, powerful councils with high job engagement and are supported by outside groups reduce managers’ sense of power. Results show no significant relationship between administrative capacity and city manager’s sense of power.


Power City manager Local government Survey research Structural equation modeling 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tansu Demir
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christopher G. Reddick
    • 1
  • Branco Ponomariov
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

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