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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

Ethics in Local Government Administration
Ethics in local government administration
Brian M.Murphy

Public administration combines the art of politics with the principles of management. This marriage is one of necessity, not one of preference. Ideally, politics involves making decisions in the public interest; management deals with ensuring that decisions are efficient. The two goals are not always compatible. The most efficient decision is not always in the public interest. For example, the construction of a highway through a public park may save a city money but it would do little to enhance the overall quality of life. As Frederick Mosher points out, “There is a high ethical content in most significant public decisions; public problems do not succumb simply to factual analysis.”1

Ethical considerations are not alien to ...

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