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Camelot A Role-Playing Simulation for Political Decision Making

ISBN-10: 0534602797
ISBN-13: 9780534602796
Edition: 5th 2006 (Revised)
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Description: CAMELOT: A ROLE PLAYING SIMULATION is an extremely successful and useful tool that introduces students to the interactions of contending and contentious groups and individuals whose values and goals range from radical to reactionary. It addresses  More...

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List price: $99.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/19/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

CAMELOT: A ROLE PLAYING SIMULATION is an extremely successful and useful tool that introduces students to the interactions of contending and contentious groups and individuals whose values and goals range from radical to reactionary. It addresses such issues as equal opportunity, right to life, freedom of expression, affirmative action, property rights, gay rights, and more. Students quickly learn that competing interests and viewpoints - with their varying degrees of organization and cohesiveness - make political decision-making complex, time consuming, exciting, and often difficult to predict.

James R. Woodworth has been a member of the Department of Political Science at Miami University (Ohio) since 1948. He received a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University and had a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He has served in several administrative positions at Miami University, including the chair of the Department of Political Science, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Science. Dr. Woodworth has been a member of the Oxford City Council, chaired the Oxford Charter Commission and served as a trustee for a local hospital and as a consultant to the Fairfield (Ohio) Charter Commission. His publications include ATLANTIS: ROLE-PLAYING SIMULATIONS FOR THE STUDY OF AMERICAN POLITICS (with Robert Gump), PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE, plus articles.

James R. Forrester has been a faculty member of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at West Libery State College (West Virginia) since 1969. He received his Ph.D. in political science from West Virginia University in 1979. He is a member of the Bethany (West Virginia) Town Council and has been a presidential election consultant for WTOV � Channel 0, Steubenville/Wheeling. His publications include GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN WEST VIRGINIA: READINGS, CASES AND COMMENTARIES, 5th edition, plus articles.

W. Robert Gump has been a member of the Department of Political Science at Miami University (Ohio) since 1962. He received a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan. He was admitted to practice at the Ohio Bar in 1952. Dr. Gump has served as chairman of the Oxford City Planning Commission, as a trustee for a local hospital, and as a consultant to the Charles F. Kettering foundation, the City of Dayton Charter Reciew Committee, the City of Middletown Charter Review Committee, and the City of Hamilton Charter Review Committee. His publications include ATLANTIS: ROLE-PLAYING SIMULATIONS FOR THE SUTYD OF AMERICAN POLITICS (with James R. Woodworth), plus articles.

Understanding Political Decision Making
Introduction
Local Government: Why Study It?
Governments and Communities
Two Meanings of Community
The Organized Local Community
Who Governs, and to What Ends?
Politics, Government, and Democracy
Power or Resources?
What Is the Degree of Structuring in Community Decision Making?
Evolution of Community Power Patterns
Who Governs in Cities Today?
What Can We Conclude?
The Legal Authority of Cities: Constraints and Powers
Land-Use Control
Choosing the Form of Local Government
Housekeeping Functions
The Newer Uses of Eminent Domain
The Impact of Federal and State Regulation on Cities
Sources of Local Government Revenues and Their Constraints
Revenue Sources
Property Tax
"Income" Tax
Sales Tax
User Fees
Miscellaneous Fees
Intergovernmental Transfers
Borrowing
Gambling and Lotteries
Taxation Problems for Municipal Decision Makers
The Fairness Problem
The Competition Problem
The Enforcement Feasibility Problem
The Problem of Earmarking
The Problem of Preemption and Mandates
The Problem of Terms and Conditions of Grants
Other Administrative Costs
Organized Interests in the Decision-Making Process
What Are Organized Interests?
Organized Interests Operations
Institutional Groups
Economic Interest Groups
Ad Hoc Groups
Culture War Issues
Implementing Democracy
Policy Initiation
Citizen-Initiated Policy Proposals
Administration-Initiated Policy Proposals
Agenda Setting and the Policy Process
Political Recruitment
Who Runs?
How Are They Selected?
Local Government Issues
Two Types of Issues
The Scale of Issues
The Stakes of Issues
Citizen Access to Decision Makers
Responsiveness of Decision Makers
Redistributive Policies
Conclusion
Forms of Local Government
Weak-Mayor and Council Form
Strong-Mayor and Council Form
Commission Form
Council-Manager Form
The Strong-Mayor and Council Form versus the Council-Manager Form
Land Use Planning, Planning Departments, and Planning Commissions
Land Use Planning
Planning Department
Zoning
Planning Commission
Zoning Enforcement and Change
Simulating Political Decision Making
Welcome to Camelot
Introduction to Simulation
Why a Simulation?
What to Look For
Other Things to Keep in Mind
Starting the Simulation
How to Use the Materials
How to Begin
The Camelot Daily News
Simulation Time and Real Time
The Order of Business in a Sample City Council Meeting
Council Meeting: First Session of Simulation, Agenda
Planning Commission Meeting: First Session of Simulation, Agenda
Council Meeting: Second Session of Simulation, Agenda
Planning Commission Meeting: Second Session of Simulation, Agenda
How to Run a Meeting
Rules of Parliamentary Procedure
How to Put a Motion on the Floor
How to Get to the Vote on Any Debatable Motion
Issues
Introduction
Resolution of Sympathy
The Fairness in Housing and Employment Issue
The Officer Protection Program Issue
Background Information
The Beauty Salon Zone Variance Issue
The Downtown Hotel Plaza Issue
The Budget Issue
The Massage Therapy Facility Issue
The Smoking Ban Issue
The "Obscene Photographs" Issue
The Strip Mall Development Issue
The Home for Unmarried Pregnant Teenagers Issue
The Topless Bar and Grill Issue
The Fire Hose Issue
The Noise Ordinance Issue
The Eminent Domain Issue
The Drug Testing Issue
The USA Patriot Act Issue
Setting
The Wildflowers Issue
The Private Use of Public Space Issue
Background
The Simulation
The Issues
The Couches in the Yards and on the Porches Issue
The Curfew Issue
The Rights of a Home Owner Issue: Home Decorations
Zoning Appeals Board Issues
The Carport Variance Request
The Art Sale from the R-2 Zone Home Variance Request
"The Sideyard or Backyard?"
Reference Materials
Camelot: Basic Data
Population
Economics in Camelot
Camelot: Area Descriptions
Camelot Heights
The Central Business District (CBD)
College Town
Crown Knolls
Forest Acres
Madisonville
North Madisonville
River Town
University Park
Camelot Acres
South Ridge
The Charter
Zoning Regulations and Land Use
The "Sunshine Law"
Elections
Election Procedures-City of Camelot
City of Camelot Sample Nominating Petition
Role Descriptions, Settings, and Lists of Duties
How to Use the Role Descriptions
Camelot City Government and Lists of Duties of Some of Its Officers
The Mayor
The Council, City Manager, and Assistant Manager
The Planning Commission
The Newspaper Roles
Involved Citizens
Role Request
City of Camelot Nominating Petition
Your Evaluation of Camelot
City of Camelot Initiative Petition
Topical Bibliographies
Index
Quick Reference Page

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