Local Politics A Practical Guide to Governing at the Grassroots

ISBN-10: 0765614405

ISBN-13: 9780765614407

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

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Description: Unlike most competing texts that are densely written and heavily theoretical, with little flavor of political life, this book is a readable, jargon-free introduction to real-life local politics for today's students. While it encompasses local government and politics in cities and towns across America, Local Politics: A Practical Guide to Governing at the Grassroots gives special attention to the politics of suburbia, where many students live, and encourages them to become engaged in their own communities. The book is also distinguished by its strong emphasis on nuts-and-bolts practical politics. It provides focused discussion of institutions, roles, and personalities as well as the dynamic environment of local politics (demographics, immigration, globalization, etc.) and major policy issues (budgets, land use, transportation, education, etc.).Other texts treat communities as abstractions and readers as passive observers. Local Politics: A Practical Guide to Governing at the Grassroots is designed to inspire civic engagement as well as understanding. It features In Your Community research projects for students in every chapter along with informative tables, clear charts, essential terms, and guides to useful websites.

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Book details

List price: $47.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Introduction to the Study of Local Politics: why We Brother and How We Go About It
The Environment of Local Politics: Characteristics of Urban Places
The Environment of Local Politics: The Geographic, Demographic, and Economic Contexts
The Evolution of Urban Places: Where People Live and Why
The Intergovernmental Environment of Local Politics: Creatures of the States and Supplicants of the Federal Government
Official Decision-Makers: Inside City Hall
Forms of Government: From Weak Mayors and Machines to the Beginnings of Reform
Reform Politics: The City Manager Form of Government and Beyond
Legislators and Executives: The Balance of Power
Bureaucracy: the Rest of the Iceberg
Outside City Hall: Elections, Influence, and Power
Elections and Campaigns: The Voters (and the Media) Have Their Say
Interest Groups in Local Politics: Types, Tactics, and Targets
Community Power Structures: Official and Unofficial Decision Makers
Budget Politics, Public Policy, and Regional Government
Budget Politics: The Getting and Spending of Money
Politics and Public Policy: Some Local Issues and Battles
Metropolitan Politics: The Future of Local Government
Index
About the Authors
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