Document Type

Dissertation

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Public Administration

First Advisor's Name

Howard A. Frank

First Advisor's Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Keith Revell

Third Advisor's Name

Sukumar Ganapati

Fourth Advisor's Name

John F. Stack, Jr.

Keywords

public management, globalization, public administration, small-medium cities, triangulated research

Date of Defense

12-11-2009

Abstract

This study examines how public management practitioners in small and medium-sized Florida cities perceive globalization and its impact on public management practice. Using qualitative analysis, descriptive statistics and factor analysis methods, data obtained from a survey and semi-structured interviews were studied to comprehend how public managers view the management and control of their municipalities in a time of globalization. The study shows that the public managers’ perceptions of globalization and its impact on public management in Florida’s small-medium cities are nuanced.

Whereas some public managers feel that globalization has significant impacts on municipalities’ viability, others opine that globalization has no local impact. The study further finds that globalization processes are perceived as altering the public management functions of decision-making, economic development and service delivery in some small-medium cities in Florida as a result of transnational shifts, rapidly changing technologies, and municipalities’ heightened involvement in the global economy. The study concludes that the globalization discourse does not resonate among some public managers in Florida’s small-medium cities in ways implied in extant literature.

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