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ISBN 9780824797829
Published October 11, 1996 by Routledge
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This theoretically and experientially grounded reference provides a complete overview of the principles and applications of government administration and management practices in the local public sector. Written by over 25 distinguished academics and professionals with substantial experience as practitioners and consultants of administrative operations to local governments, the book covers the effects of environmental conditions on local administrators and management techniques to administration in different types of local government. It helps readers reduce research time by presenting advanced materials on local government administration and management in a single source.

Table of Contents

Introduction, John J. Gargan

FACTORS AFFECTING THE CONTEXT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION
Reinventing What?: The Uncertain Context of Local Government Administration, J.A. Garber
Federalism and State Law: Legal Factors Constraining and Facilitating Local Initiatives, T.D. Mead
Managing Alternative Approaches to the Provision and Production of Public Goods: Public, Private, and Nonprofit, P.J. Castellani
The Practical Application of Organization Development to Local Governments, Gerald T. Gabris and R.T. Golembiewski

LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES: THE IMPORTANCE OF DOING THE BASICS WELL
Strategic Management: A Core Responsibility of Local Government Administrators, T.H. Poister and G Streib
Structural Arrangements in Local Government: Organizing for Effective Management, D.R. Morgan
Financial Management: The Centrality of the Fiscal in Local Government and Politics, W.B. Hildreth
Managing Human Resources: Personnel Administration in Local Government, R.D. Sylvia
Total Quality Management in Local Government, E.M. Berman and J. P. West
Local Government Capacity Building Through Performance Measurement, G.A. Gianakis and C.P. McCue
Local Court Administration: Making the Judicial Trains Run on Time, J.A. Gazell

ADMINISTERING GENERIC TYPES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
Town and Township Government: Serving Rural and Suburban Communities, A.D. Sokolow
Small Community Governance: Some Impediments to Policy Making, G. Mattson
Professional Administration (and Representative Governance) in the Council-Manager City, J.H. Svara
The Changing Landscape of Big City Management, H.V. Savitch and W.A. Tharp
County Government as the "Administrative Arm'' of State Government, W.L. Waugh, Jr.
Coping with Externalities: Regional Councils and Challenges of Management and Governance, P.S. Atkins
Managing Single Function Governments: The Promise and Challenge of Special Districts, P.J. Haas
Political and Administrative Complexity in Governing Central City Schools, M. Tallerico
Management and Governance in Midsized Urban and Suburban School Districts, N.M. Snyder

CONCLUDING ASSESSMENT
Local Government Governing Capacity: Challenges for the New Century, J.J. Gargan

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"…A total of 22 separately authored chapters cover such subjects as federalism and state law, strategic management, structural arrangements in local government, small community governance, and big city management…As a handbook to contemporary US local government, the book is excellent. It has been well edited, the coverage is wide, the prose readable, the authors experts, and the chapter bibliographies relevant and up-to-date."
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Provides a complete overview of the principles and applications of government administration and management practices in the local public sector. The text covers the effects of environmental conditions on local administrators and management techniques to administration in different types of local government.


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