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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

The Structures of Government
The structures of government
Lawrence F.Keller, David C.Perry
Fragmentation and Proliferation of Local Governments

To borrow a phrase from the masthead of the Los Angeles Times, “it all comes together at the local level”—all the theories, policies, and laws of the domestic state. The structures of the U.S. local state are the scaffolding of governance, the institutional form and foundation of the local public agency and its administration.1 Therefore, it is important to articulate these structures clearly and understand their various forms to better situate the process of local public management. All of this takes place in highly fragmented and diverse metropolitan areas, the result of a variety of forces “coming together at the local level.”

The structures of local government did not emerge all ...

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