First published in 1914, in various writings on German life and institutions, Dawson has touched upon isolated aspects of the subject of municipal government. The book, as its title explains, is concerned solely with questions of urban administration, yet without the limitation which the use of the word "municipal" might seem to suggest. The larger German cities and towns correspond for all practical purposes to the municipalities of the United Kingdom, as the smaller German towns correspond to the urban districts.
1. The Tradition of Self-Government 2. Administrative Powers 3. Constitution of Town Councils 4. Distribution of Administrative Powers – Town Council, Executive and Mayor 5. Land Policies 6. The Planning of Towns 7. Housing Policies 8. Public Health 9. Trading Enterprises 10. Relief of the Poor 11. Social Welfare Work 12. Intellectual Life 13. Municipal Finance 14. Municipal Taxation - The Local Income Tax 15. Municipal Taxation (continued) – The Real Estate Taxes 16. Municipal Taxation (continued) – Trade, Consumption, Amusement, and other Taxes 17. Municipal Taxation (continued) – Correlation and Yield of Local Taxes 18. Survey and Comparison
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