21st Century Governance
Indianapolis Experience

This page includes a list of resources about Stephen Goldsmith’s tenure as mayor of Indianapolis.

Summary Presentation

Goldsmith, Stephen. Competitive Government: The Indianapolis Experience.

Case Studies

Chang, Hai-Chiao, Youhei Itou, Velika Kabakchieva, Lesia Lozowy, Ramon Munoz-Raskin, Rene Ramos, Mark Seaman, and Yasemin Tugce Turner. "Managed Competition in Indianapolis:The Case of Indianapolis Fleet Services." School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (December 6, 2005)

Reingold, Janet, Jenniver Wootton and Andrew Hahn.“The Indy Story: Urban Systems Reforms and Community Revitalization in Indianapolis During the Stephen Goldsmith Years.” Annie E. Casey Foundation (2000).

Husock, Howard, and Linda Kaboolian.“Mayor Stephen Goldsmith: Organizing Competiton in Indianapolis” Harvard Kennedy School Case Study 1269.0, 1270.0, 1270.1 (1995).

Books & Chapters

By Stephen Goldsmith
Introduction and Chapter One: "Managing City Finances: Doing More For Less." The Entrepreneurial City: A How-To-Handbook for Urban Innovators. Center for Civic Innovation at the Manhattan Institute. (1999) 1-15.

Goldsmith, Stephen. “Restructuring Labor- Management Relations to Improve Government Services.” In Going Public: The Role of Labor-Management Relations in Delivering Quality Government Services. Champaign, IL: Labor and Employement Relations Association (2003) 107-124.

Goldsmith, Stephen. “Having Faith in Our Neighborhoods: The Front Porch Alliance.” In What’s God Got to do with the American Experiment? Edited by E.J. Dionne Jr. and John J. DiIulio. Washington, DC Brookings Institution Press (2000) 72-80.

Goldsmith, Stephen. “City Services in the Competitive Marketplace.” In Making Government Work: Lessons from America’s Governors and Mayors. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. (2000) 173-184.

Goldsmith, Stephen. "Case Study 1: Wastewater Competition." The Twenty-First Century City: Resurrecting Urban America. Washington, D.C.: Regnergy Publishing, Inc. (1997).

About Stephen Goldsmith
Savas, E.S. Privatization in the City: Successes, Failures, Lessons. Washington D.C.: CQ Press (2005) 50-64.

Osborne, David, and Peter Plastrik. Banishing Bureaucracy: The Five Strategies for Reinventing Government. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc. (1997) 115-156.

Eggers, William, and John O’Leary. Revolution at the Roots: Making Our Government Smaller, Better, and Closer to Home. New York, NY: The Free Press (1995) 105-115, 282-284.

Ed. Altshuler, Alan A., and Robert D. Behn. Innovation in American Government: Challenges, Opportunities, and Dilemma. Washington, D.C., Brookings Institution Press (1997) 58-59.

Journals & News Articles

By Stephen Goldsmith
Goldsmith, Stephen, and Mark E. Schneider. “Partnering for Public Value: New Approaches in Public Employee Labor-Management Relations.” University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law 5, no. 3 (Spring 2003) 415-425.

Goldsmith, Stephen. “Rejoinder to Ideology and Inner City Redevelopment: Conservative Activism.” Journal of Urban Affairs 25, no. 1 (2003) 27-32.

Goldsmith, Stephen. "Indianapolis Makes it Clear: System Works." The Atlanta-Journal Constitution (August 9, 1998).

Goldsmith, Stephen. "Waste Not." City Journal (Winter, 1998).

About Stephen Goldsmith
Pullman, Bill. "Bush Leaves Faith-based Legacy." The Indianapolis Star (August 30, 2008).

Chapman, John L. "The Privatization of Public Services." The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. February 21, 2008.

Cohen, Steven, and William Eimicke. “Is Public Entrepreneurship Ethical? A Second Look at Theory and Practice.” Public Integrity 1, no. 1 (1999) 54-74.

The Indianapolis Experience: 1992-1999. Published by the City of Indianapolis (1999).

McGovern, Stephen J. “Ideology, Consciousness, and Inner-City Redevelopment: The Case of Stephen Goldsmith’s Indianapolis.” Journal of Urban Affairs 25, no. 1 (2003) 1-26.

McGovern, Stephen J. “Response to Stephen Goldsmith.” Journal of Urban Affairs 25, no. 1 (2003) 33-36.

Meyer, Harvey "Indianapolis Speeds Away" Journal of Business Strategy May/June 1998 41-46


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