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Local politics : a practical guide to governing at the grassroots

Author: Terry Christensen; Tom Hogen-Esch
Publisher: Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Encompasses local government and politics in cities and towns across America. This book gives attention to the politics of suburbia, where many students live, and encourages them to become engaged in  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Terry Christensen; Tom Hogen-Esch
ISBN: 0765614405 9780765614407
OCLC Number: 70877774
Description: xiii, 393 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction to the study of local politics : why we bother and how we go about it --
Why study local politics? --
Know your "city limits" --
A practical approach --
Essential terms --
On the Internet --
Notes --
pt. I. The environment of local politics : characteristics of urban places --
2. The environment of local politics : the geographic, demographic, and economic contexts --
The basics : setting, size, density, and diversity --
The political economy of urban places --
The social psychology of urban life --
The environment of local politics --
A glossary of places --
Essential terms --
On the Internet --
Notes --
3. The evolution of urban places : where people live and why --
Urbanization : the move to the cities --
Suburbanization : the move to the periphery --
The impact of suburbanization : segregation and inequity --
The move to the Sunbelt : new urban forms --
Population trends in the 1990s and 2000s --
The evolution of urban places --
Essential terms --
On the Internet --
Notes --
4. The intergovernmental environment of local politics : creatures of the states and supplicants of the federal government --
Types and tasks of local government --
The creation of local governments --
How local governments are organized : charters --
How states create local growth machines --
The states and local government finance --
States' rights : the bottom line --
Federal-local government relations --
The intergovernmental context of local politics --
Essential terms --
On the Internet --
Notes. pt. II. Official decision makers : inside city hall --
5. Forms of government : from weak mayors and machines to the beginnings of reform --
The weak mayor form of government --
Bosses and machines : coping with fragmentation --
The first reform : the strong mayor form of government --
Change and reform --
Essential terms --
On the Internet --
Notes --
6. Reform politics : the city-manager form of government and beyond --
The reformers and their agenda --
Reforming elections : the pursuit of the common good --
Taking politics out of government : the city-manager system --
The consequences of reform : the bias of "good government" --
Counterreform : back to the future --
The distribution of forms of government --
Counties, school districts, and other local governments --
Filling the forms --
Essential terms --
On the Internet --
Notes --
7. Legislators and executives : the balance of power --
Local legislators : representation without power? --
Managers : authority without accountability? --
Mayors : leadership without authority? --
Converging forms : representation, administration, and leadership --
Essential terms --
On the Internet --
Notes --
8. Bureaucracy : the rest of the iceberg --
Building the iceberg : patronage versus civil service --
The nature and inherent powers of bureaucracy --
The practical powers of bureaucracy --
Public employee unions and bureaucratic power --
Managing bureaucracies --
Public administration and politics --
Why be a bureaucrat? --
Essential terms --
On the Internet --
Notes. pt. III. Outside city hall : elections, influence, and power --
9. Elections and campaigns : the voters (and the media) have their say --
Who votes --
Direct democracy --
Local campaigns --
The news media in local politics : "shrill and high the newsboys cry/the worst of the city's infamy" --
Voters and the news media --
Essential terms --
On the Internet --
Notes --
10. Interest groups in local politics : types, tactics, and targets --
Types of interest groups --
Interest group tactics --
The targets of group influence --
Patterns in group politics --
Groups, communities, and power --
Essential terms --
On the Internet --
Notes --
11. Community power structures : official and unofficial decision makers --
The phenomenon of power --
The evolving study of community power --
Explaining variation in community power structures --
Patterns of power --
Regime theory --
Perennial powers in communities --
Power in perspective --
Essential terms --
On the Internet --
Notes. pt. IV. Budget politics, public policy, and regional government --
12. Budget politics : the getting and spending of money --
Where the money comes from --
How the money is spent --
Running cities on the cheap --
Essential terms --
On the Internet --
Notes --
13. Politics and public policy : some local issues and battles --
A public policy sampler : education, welfare, crime, and transportation --
Land-use policy : the politics of growth --
Public policy meets the city limits --
Essential terms --
On the Internet --
Notes --
14. Metropolitan politics : the future of local government --
The case for metropolitan fragmentation : public choice --
Urban fragmentation : the case for metropolitan government --
Forging a new regionalism : strategies and solutions --
The politics of regional government --
Regional government versus regional governance --
The future of metropolitan regional government --
Essential terms --
On the Internet --
Notes.
Responsibility: Terry Christensen and Tom Hogen-Esch.
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