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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

Development and Redevelopment of Infrastructure
Development and redevelopment of infrastructure
Claire L.Felbinger
Robert R.Whitehead

Since Pat Choate and Susan Walter raised public consciousness in their work America in Ruins1 and the National Council on Public Works Improvement concluded in Fragile Foundation2 that our nation was supported by a tenuous infrastructure, there has been widespread speculation about the impact that crumbling infrastructure has on regional economic development. Local policymakers and researchers have argued that infrastructure investment is a primary means to stimulate economic growth. Indeed, one of the ways local governments compete for new firms is through investment in public facilities. The purpose of this chapter is to define infrastructure and the managerial issues involved in restoration of public infrastructure systems and facilities.

Infrastructure usually possesses these characteristics:

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