Managing Local Government: An Essential Guide for Municipal and County Managers offers a practical introduction to the changing structure, forms, and functions of local governments. Taking a metropolitan management perspective, authors Kimberly Nelson and Carl W. Stenberg explain U.S. local government within historical context and provide strategies for effective local government management and problem solving. Real-life scenarios and contemporary issues illustrate the organization and networks of local governments; the roles, responsibilities, and relationships of city and county managers; and the dynamics of the intergovernmental system. Case studies and discussion questions in each chapter encourage critical analysis of the challenges of collaborative governance. Unlike other books on the market, this text’s combined approach of theory and practice encourages students to enter municipal and county management careers and equips them with tools to be successful from day one.

Emerging Issues and Management Challenges Facing Local Governments

Emerging Issues and Management Challenges Facing Local Governments

Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how.

—Edward T. McMahon (2012)

As this text demonstrates, the challenges of managing local governments are numerous.1 Many of the issues local governments face today exceed jurisdictional boundaries but these governments are not accustomed to working together to develop solutions to problems. The housing crisis and resulting financial market collapse that began in 2008 created a new normal for local governments (Martin, Levey, & Cawley, 2012), causing them to lose significant revenues and make cutbacks in both personnel and services. Some local ...

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