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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

Public Administration at the Local Level: Definition, Theory, and Context
Public administration at the local level: Definition, theory, and context
David C.Perry
Lawrence F.Keller

Miles's Law of Politics and Administration: “Where you sit is where you stand.”

— Rufus Miles

Definitive practice of the process of urban social formation in the United States begins this chapter — a discussion of the “past, place and institutional image” of local administration as a “social event.” A theoretical sketch of the broader urban political economy is necessary to frame the human agency of local public management. The “past” of public administration will be viewed through the lens of urban political history. The “place” of public administration is found in the activities of city building. The institutional image relates public administration to the society ...

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