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Just because Milwaukee isn't Manhattan, doesn't mean that those urban centers face completely unique challenges. Through effective comparative analysis of key issues in urban studies—how city managers share power with mayors, how spending policies affect economic development, and how school politics impact education policy—students can clearly see how scholars discern patterns and formulate conclusions to offer theoretical and practical insights from which all cities can benefit. Pelissero brings together an impressive team of contributors to explore variation among cities through case studies and cross-sectional analyses. Each author synthesizes the field's seminal literature while explaining how urban leaders and their constituents grapple with everything from city council politics to conflict and cooperation among minority groups. Authors identify both key trends and gaps in the scholarship, and ...

City Managers and the Urban Bureaucracy
City managers and the urban bureaucracy
RobertE.England

City managers and local bureaucrats are prominent participants in the urban policymaking process. Along with city council members, at least in a councilmanager form of government, the city manager and the bureaucracy (the city staff and operating departments) are the political elites who make and implement urban policy. Responding to various environmental inputs, these policymakers convert real and perceived needs, wants, and demands into local policies. Converting human and fiscal resources into goods and services to be consumed by the citizenry is the quintessential job of policymakers in the urban political system.

Who are city managers and these local administrative officials who affect citizens so much on a daily basis? What do they do and ...

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