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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
Chapter 13: Management of Cultural and Recreational Services
Management of Cultural and Recreational Services
Growing Concern with “Quality of Life”
As the profession of public administration matured during the twentieth century, the minimum level of services expected from local governments continued to rise along with the standard of living of most Americans. By the 1950s, people in the United States enjoyed the highest economic standard of living in the world.
Economic success, however, brought with it many other social problems. John Kenneth Galbraith's intense look at these problems in his 1958 book The Affluent Society highlighted a growing concern with “social indicators” that provided standards other than economic against which to judge society's success.
During the 1950s and 1960s, studies examining social indicators, including life expectancy and infant mortality ...