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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 the Transportation System
Management of the transportation system
David A.Kuemmel

The emphasis of this text is on local government. Transportation, however, has been affected by many trends and policies beyond the control of local government. While local management of transportation is both necessary and important, it is essential for students of local government to obtain an understanding of the impacts of national trends and federal and state policies that have led to the condition of surface transportation today. This chapter is too brief to recite a complete history of transportation in the United States. However, a concise summary of twentieth-century history is necessary for an understanding of the results of the trends and policies that have occurred.

This chapter on transportation likewise cannot deal with all ...

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