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.

Managing Local Governments in a Dynamic World

Managing Local Governments in a Dynamic World

All good government begins at home.

—H. W. Haweis (Wood, 1893, p. 9)

There are more than 30,000 county, municipal, and township governments in the United States (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012). While most land area in the country is still designated as rural, more than 80% of Americans live in one of the 381 metropolitan areas in the United States. Metropolitan regions are comprised of an urban core area with a population of at least 50,000 and surrounding communities that are socially and economically integrated with that core. The high degree of integration between communities in a metropolis necessitates that community leaders at all levels build relationships with one another. The success of ...

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