This book provides a clear, candid picture of urban political leaders' political and social backgrounds, their perceptions of problems, their political values, and their past and current experience in mobilizing support for their policies in Western democracies.
1. The Comparative Study of Local Political Elites 2. Social and Political Backgrounds 3. The Problem Environments of Cities as Perceived by Elites 4. Elite Perceptions of Conflicts in Their Communities 5. Elite Influence Perceptions: Differential Patterns and Structures 6. The Political Contacts of Local Elites 7. The Political Values of Local Elites 8. Path Models of Community Effective Action Using Elite Data: An Exploratory Approach 9. Comparative Perspectives on Local Leadership in Western Democracies: Concluding Observations