Oakland: The power of celebrity? Explaining strong-mayor charter reform

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IN NOVEMBER 1998 voters in Oakland, California, overwhelmingly approved a city charter reform to increase the formal authority of the mayor's office, despite having rejected similar proposals in the past. Following the 1998 election, political insiders and the press attributed public support for the reform to the celebrity of the mayorelect who backed the measure. According to this story, he succeeded where others had previously failed because voters were enthused about his leadership background and his agenda of rebuilding the city's downtown. In short, it was the popularity of the incoming mayor that built support for strengthening the office. © 2010 by Georgetown University Press. All Rights Reserved.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mullin, M

Published Date

  • December 1, 2010

Book Title

  • More than Mayor or Manager: Campaigns to Change Form of Government in America's Large Cities

Start / End Page

  • 121 - 138

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781589017092

Citation Source

  • Scopus