Includes many new case studies (called Policy and Practice Boxes). The data and scholarship has been thoroughly revised throughout. Major revisions to Chapter 8 include new sections on Authentic Leadership and the Lean Six Sigma management model.

Urban Political Structure

Chapter 3 Urban political structure

Well into the second decade of the twenty-first century, the political structure for local governance continues to be a topic of discussion in cities and counties. American local government continues to represent a model for replication in newly formed democratic governments where the rule of law is developing in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. American cities continue to demonstrate and promulgate best practices that may contribute to governmental effectiveness and efficiency. The choice of political structure has certainly been the key decision for municipalities throughout the past century. Local interest groups that want governmental change often argue for the need for new organizational arrangements, and, although the relationship between form and function undoubtedly has been overestimated, local ...

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