Intergovernmental Communication in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Metropolitan Region

by Daniel J. Alesch

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Describes the intergovernmental communication behavior of top public officials in the three-state region based on analysis of 648 responses to a questionnaire mailed to 1200 public officials and 50 personal interviews. While there appears to be no single, integrated intergovernmental communication network, there are three dominant, overlapping, subregional mechanisms: informal peer networks, formal governmental meetings and notification, and professional and governmental organizations. Most communication is between functional counterparts within county or state boundaries and concerns aid programs and specific operational problems with technical solutions rather than the pressing social issues of the day. This description will provide the base case for evaluating the impact of the Metropolitan Regional Council's intergovernmental telecommunication system to begin operation in the fall of 1972.

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