By J. Edwin Benton,John Kincaid

Counties regularly satisfy 3 provider roles: conventional or state-mandated; neighborhood or municipal; and neighborhood or city. Benton has written the 1st scholarly therapy of county governments as services of all 3 of those different types of prone, dispelling the proposal that counties are mere services of companies they're mandated to accomplish by way of their country governments. County governments within the usa became more and more vital as provider prone over the last numerous a long time, vis-a-vis municipalities and townships. those providers switch over the years and range from sector to region.

Variations within the roles that county governments play within the provision of conventional, neighborhood, and nearby carrier are defined. for that reason, as well as studying a number of signs of provider roles for all 3,043 counties within the usa, the research is prolonged to enquire the impression of political, kingdom constitutions, statutes, and monetary reduction, inhabitants development styles, metropolitan/non-metropolitan prestige, and kind of government.

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