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Local governments in the United States are important in providing an almost endless variety of services that immediately affect our lives. And, in recent years local governments and administrators are becoming increasingly important as they try to deal effectively with drugs, AIDS, homelessness, gangs, economic decline, or even economic development. A well written examination, this important volume provides a descriptive analysis of how public administrators manage municipal government. Managing Local Government explores conceptual and empirical dimensions of public administration including the legal aspects of public management; human resource management; budgeting and public finance; the political dimension; intergovernmental relations; and ethical considerations. Within this context, the authors take up such pressing and practical issues as economic development, housing, culture and recreation, public safety, transportation, and waste disposal. Professionals and students of public administration, urban studies, policy studies, and political science will find this volume essential reading. “The American text, Managing Local Government: Public Administration in Practice is another example in the large collections of readings, modestly priced, and … covering key policy and administration issues. … The bringing together of these studies, mostly written by practitioners, is a long overdue and worthy contribution to the literature. The insights contained here could hitherto only be gleaned from professional journals. In teaching a course on municipal administration I found this book to contain important practical and theoretical insights. I can only hope that someone will be stimulated to draw together similar insights from the Canadian background.” --Trevor Price, University of Windsor

Overview of Administrative Applications in Local Government
Overview of administrative applications in local government
Claire L.Felbinger

The preceding chapters cover what are considered the major dimensions of public administration. Most of those generic functions are housed in staff offices attached to a city manager's or chief administrator's office. However, these functions would be irrelevant were it not for the primary reason for a city's existence — to provide for the delivery of local services. The following chapters deal with the unique nature of applying the principles of local government administration to the provision of particular local services.

In 1776, Adam Smith wrote that “the functions of government should be limited to providing for the external defense, affording legal protection, and undertaking indispensable public works.”1 Certainly, any examination of ...

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