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.

Citizen Engagement

Citizen Engagement

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

—Margaret Mead

The participative model of decision making has many motives, takes many forms, and involves many different community stakeholders. Collaborative governance arrangements call upon public administrators to engage in and sometimes share authority with intergovernmental organizations in order to successfully tackle problems that often do not respect jurisdictional boundaries. In addition to other governments, those who typically have a vested interest, or stake, in the work of a city or county include employees and clientele of the governmental agency as well as representatives of nonprofit and community organizations, the private for-profit sector, volunteers, and faith-based groups.

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