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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 Neighborhood Development: Community Development Corporations
Management of neighborhood development: Community development corporations
Keith P.Rasey
W. DennisKeating
Philip D.Star

The book thus far has dealt entirely with those functions that are part of traditional local government structures. These are mainline departments and public authorities. Yet, as we saw in the introduction to this part, many of the functions of government are actually performed by private firms or not-for-profit agencies. Nonprofit organizations are becoming increasingly important service providers in the local government arena. Many undergraduate and graduate programs in public administration recognize this fact and offer courses in the management of nonprofit agencies.

This chapter examines the dimensions of public administration as they apply to nonprofits providing local services. The particular type of agency examined is the local community development ...

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