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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 Human Resources in Local Government
Management of human resources in local government
Jack P.DeSario, James D.Slack, Charles A.Washington, Kenneth L.Ender

Human resource management, or personnel administration, involves the policies and processes in an organization that determine who is recruited and hired, retained and promoted, and retired or terminated. The focus is on “people” and the utilization of their potential as a resource for the organization. A variety of issues are included in this subfield of public administration, ranging from position classification and wage-and-salary compensation, to employee motivation and staff training and development, to organizational productivity and performance appraisal.1

This chapter investigates the management of human resources in one particular organizational setting: local government. Three critical dimensions of the personnel function will be highlighted: the interface between ...

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