1st Edition

Local Government Management

Edited By Nicolas A. Valcik, Teodoro J. Benavides Copyright 2023
    408 Pages 22 Color & 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    408 Pages 22 Color & 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In a recent paradigm shift, local governments find themselves shouldering more responsibility for day-to-day governance and crisis management, thanks to regulations and federal spending cuts. While 20 years ago a book on local government administration might have been considered complete with chapters on budgeting, public personnel management, productivity and responsivity, and community engagement, any discussion of local government must now also include resilience, emergency management, climate change, smart cities, social media, and infrastructure funding. Bringing together key voices from the academic and public sectors, Local Government Management offers techniques and insight into how local government can most effectively lead and manage their resources in an evolving political—and environmental—landscape.

    Featuring examples from expert contributors’ own decades of public service and research, this forward-thinking book explores the rapid speed of change in local communities and the need for local government to not only adapt but also proactively plan for the future. Local Government Management is essential reading for local government officials, public stakeholders, practitioners, and students of public administration and management.

    1. Introduction
    2. Paul G. Grimes

    3. Elected Officials and City Managers
    4. Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides

    5. The City Manager’s Perspective
    6. James Fisher, Jeffrey H. Moshier, and Teodoro J. Benavides

    7. Civic Engagement, Policy, and Management through Digital Strategy and Communication Networks
    8. Sana Salma Syed

    9. Budgeting and Financial Management
    10. Teodoro J. Benavides

    11. Human Resources
    12. Samantha Dean

    13. Economic Development, Land Use, and Resilience Impact on Growth Policy
    14. Trent O. Petty

    15. E-Government, Privacy, Technology, and Innovation
    16. Joe Beauchamp

    17. The Sharing Economy: A Disruptive Innovator for City Government
    18. Jeffrey H. Moshier

    19. Business Stakeholders in Local Government and the Community
    20. John Jacobs

    21. Local Government Management and Paramedicine
    22. Kristi L. Valcik

    23. Municipal Government Relations
    24. Brett Wilkinson

    25. School Districts
    26. Teodoro J. Benavides

    27. Local Government and Nonprofit Relationships
    28. Todd Jordan

    29. Urban Planning and Affordable Housing
    30. Paul Frederiksen

    31. Homelessness and Affordable Housing in the Urban Areas
    32. Celeste Haiduk Cox and Alma Hernandez

    33. Immigration and the American City
    34. Jesus Nava

    35. Green Movement: Environmental Concerns
    36. Jill Jordan

    37. Accountability
    38. Tarron J. Richardson

    39. Strategic Planning and Non-Routine Management Challenges: Homeland Security and Emergency Management, e.g. COVID-19
    40. Nicolas A. Valcik

    41. Epilogue: Trends and Current Issues

    Nicolas A. Valcik and Ted J. Benavides


    Nicolas A. Valcik works as the Director of Effectiveness Analytics for a college based in Texas. Previously he worked for Texas Tech University as the Director of Institutional Research, UT-Permian Basin as the Director of Institutional Research and Business Intelligence, Central Washington University as the Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness, and the University of Texas at Dallas as the Associate Director for the Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis. He additionally held a faculty appointment for the Program of Public Affairs in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is the editor/author of numerous books and chapters for Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

    Teodoro J. Benavides serves as a faculty member and the MPA Director for the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences’ Public and Nonprofit Management Program. He previously served as a Senior Vice President for the Waters Consulting Group and served from 1998 to 2004 as City Manager of Dallas, Texas. He was responsible for administering all programs and services for the city’s 1.2 million people, overseeing an annual $1.9 billion municipal budget, and directing a workforce of 13,000 employees. Benavides serves as a member of the City of Glenn Heights, Texas, Economic Development Corporation. He is the co-author of City Planning for the Public Manager (Routledge, 2018), Non-Profit Organizations (Routledge, 2015), and Practical Human Resources Management for Public Managers (Routledge, 2011).