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Chapter 8: City Managers and the Urban Bureaucracy
City managers and local bureaucrats are prominent participants in the urban policymaking process. Along with city council members, at least in a councilmanager form of government, the city manager and the bureaucracy (the city staff and operating departments) are the political elites who make and implement urban policy. Responding to various environmental inputs, these policymakers convert real and perceived needs, wants, and demands into local policies. Converting human and fiscal resources into goods and services to be consumed by the citizenry is the quintessential job of policymakers in the urban political system.
Who are city managers and these local administrative officials who affect citizens so much on a daily basis? What do they do and ...