This book offers an overview of the legal, political, and broad intergovernmental environment in which relations between local and state units of government take place. It examines the historical roots of the conflict between local and state governments and an analysis of contemporary problems of local authority, local revenues, state interventions and takeovers, and the restructuring of local governments. Author David Berman pays special attention to local governmental autonomy and the goals and activities of local officials as they seek to secure resources, fend off regulations and interventions, and fight for survival as independent units.
Now in a thoroughly revised second edition, this book examines marijuana use, minimum wages, the establishment of sanctuary cities, and the regulation of ride-sharing companies. Looking at the intergovernmental struggle from the bottom up, and in the process examining a variety of political activities and policies at the state level, this book improves our understanding of the relationship between state and local governments. It provides a thoughtful look at the past, present, and possibly the future of local home rule and will be of interest to students of state and local government, US politics, and intergovernmental relations.
This book is a major and comprehensive contribution to our understanding of local-state relations in the United States, especially in this polarized era when many blue cities feel abused by their red-state parents. Berman illuminates important contemporary issues, such as state takeovers of local governments and state pre-emptions of local policies, and offers current insights into perennial issues such as Dillon’s Rule versus home rule, central cities versus suburbs, and metropolitan consolidation versus metropolitan pluralism.
John Kincaid, Lafayette College, USA.
The second edition of the Berman book represents a welcomed addition to the rapidly growing scholarship dedicated to the continually evolving relationship between local governments and their states. Understanding the sometimes-complicated relationship that exists between these two governmental entities and how it affects governance and service delivery is not only important for those of us who study state-local relations, but also for those government officials who are at the forefront of this nexus.
J. Edwin Benton, University of South Florida, USA
List of Tables
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Federal, State, and Local Relations
Chapter 3: Localities in State Politics
Chapter 4: Cities and the States: The Historical Perspective
Chapter 5: The Authority Problem
Chapter 6: The Revenue Problem
Chapter 7: The Takeover Problem
Chapter 8: The Restructuring Problem
Chapter 9: Concluding Note
Appendix A: State and Local Revenues, Selected Years, 1902-1999
Appendix B: State Aid to Local Governments, Selected Years, 1902-1998