In Local Government e-Disclosure & Comparisons, author Tim Turner proposes an information system to counterbalance the social complexity represented by over 87,000 local governments and their myriad subordinate units. Under his plan, an e-disclosure regimen will populate a federated system of state-based electronic repositories, creating a nationwide data warehouse.
Timothy J. Turner, former executive vice-president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, holds an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio; a Certificate of Individual Theological Study from Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas; an M.Div. from the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio; and a B.A in Economics from the University of Houston. A South Texas petroleum landman and a licensed Episcopal minister, the author serves on various community and local government boards.
Chapter 1 Figures and Tables Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Copyright Permissions Chapter 5 Chapter One: The Argument in Brief: Deliberative Democracy and Democratic Accountability; Cross-Governmental Comparisons; Getting a Handle on 87,000 Governments; Exercises for the Reader Chapter 6 Part One: Trends: Chapter Two: Four Forces for Change: Operational Reforms and Advances; The Disclosure Principle; Contemporary Diagnostic Tools; Information Technology; Exercises for the Reader; Chapter Three: Central Government Trends: The U Chapter 7 Part Two: Sketching the Constitutive Parts: Chapter Five: Data and Data Warehousing Issues: Data Comparability and XML; Disaggregated, Raw Financial Data; Disaggregated, Raw Non-Financial Data; Performance Measures; Third Party Measures; Data Aggreg Chapter 8 Part Three: Implementation: Chapter Seven: The Road Ahead: Where We Are State-by-State; Legislative Talking Points; Anticipating the Opposition; Finding Support; A Multi-State Administrative Agreement; Chapter Eight: Postscript on Local Govern Chapter 9 Appendices Chapter 10 Glossary of Acronyms Chapter 11 Index Chapter 12 About the Author