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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 Solid-Wastes Disposal
Management of solid-wastes disposal
Claire L.Felbinger
Robert R.Whitehead

According to a 1989 national poll conducted for the National Solid Wastes Management Association, ensuring the adequate disposal of solid wastes ranks third on a list of “extremely serious” local concerns, behind improving public education and providing affordable housing.1 However, the same poll indicated that those concerned also suffered from the now-famous NIMBY (not in my backyard) syndrome. They identified the problem but would not volunteer a portion of their city to be part of the siting solution.

Someone's backyard is going to have to be part of the solution. In 1978, there were 14,000 landfills operating in the country — 70% of these have closed.2 More than half of the remaining 6,000 municipal landfills will run ...

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