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Introduction: A Return to Original Values
Introduction: A return to original values

The challenges facing those who participate in the governance of American communities seem overwhelming—cutbacks in national aid to local government, racial tension, insufficient resources for basic services, debates about the council–manager and strong-mayor systems, and many more. However, it is more the norm than the exception for local government to face challenge and turmoil in the history of community governance. The current challenges are vexing, but they also present exciting opportunities to improve public service.

This book has been written for people engaged in shaping the future of American public life in local areas, in communities in the broadest sense of the term. The focus is on cities, but the ideas are also applicable to ...

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