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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

Management of Economic Development
Management of economic development
William M.Bowen
Herbert J.Rubin
Edward W.Hill

The introduction to this part argues that cities exist mainly to provide services. No doubt service provision is of central importance, but no less important is the fact that cities exist because of the geography of price within the free enterprise system. The economic health of any locality and the fiscal resources of any local government are directly connected to what and how much is produced within that economy. The bulk of the resources used by local government for service delivery are generated directly or indirectly from the economy — whether it is from property, wage, sales or other taxes, and user fees. The importance of economic development as a function of local government rests ...

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