Mayors, Accomplishments, and Advancement

Eric S. Heberlig, Justin McCoy, Suzanne M. Leland, David Swindell

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This article examines the effects of accomplishments on the career paths of big-city mayors. Using data from 104 cities with populations over 160,000 from 1992 to 2012, this study examines the extent to which performance in economics, crime, and recruiting mega-events affects mayors’ decisions to seek reelection or other offices, or retire. Results indicate those mayors of cities with population growth, a decrease in the crime rate, and that host certain mega-events (presidential nominating conventions) are more likely to seek another office than other mayors. A decrease in the crime rate seems to help mayors win reelection while none of the other accomplishments appear to improve their chances of winning campaigns for other offices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-558
Number of pages20
JournalUrban Affairs Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2017


  • accomplishments
  • careers
  • crime
  • mayor
  • mega-events

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies


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