Managing Local Government: Public Administration in Practice by Richard D. Bingham

By Richard D. Bingham

This e-book offers a descriptive research of ways public directors deal with municipal govt. utilizing examples from the USA, it explores six dimensions of public management: criminal elements of public administration; human assets administration; budgeting and public finance; the political measurement; intergovernmental family and moral issues. in addition to conception, the authors deal with such useful concerns as financial improvement, housing, tradition and sport, public security, transportation and waste disposal.

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Martin's, 1977). 39. '' 40. Philip Selzaick, Leadership in Administration: A Sociological Interpretation (New York: Harper, 1957); this was reprinted in 1984 by the University of California Press with an introduction by Tom Peters, coauthor of In Search of Excellence and Thriving on Chaos, two books emphasizing the role of values in successful private management. 41. Dill, "Environment as an Influence,'* as developed in Thompson, Organizations in Action. 42. Leroy Harlow, in his autobiography of his experiences as a city manager— Without Fear or Favor: Odyssey ofa City Manager (Provo, UT: Bringham Young University Press, 1977)— relates the political problems he had in a small city when he attempted to bid for the contract for supplying paper to city hall.

For the concept applied at the local level, see Herman Turk, Interorganizational Activation in Urban Communities: Deductions from the Concept of Systems (Washington, DC: Arnold and Caroline Rose Monograph Series, American Sociological Association, 1973) and Organiza­ tions in Modern Life (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1977); Roland Warren, Stephen M. rose, and Ann F. Bergunder, The Structure of Urban Reform: Community Decision Organizations in Stability and Change (Lexington, MA: Lexington, 1974); Robert J.

The final set of chapters, in Part III, focus on the services typically offered by local government. Specifically, the management of housing, economic development, neighborhood development, public safety, cultural and recre­ ation services, transportation, infrastructure, and wastes disposal are scruti­ nized. Local government is the level at which direct public services are offered. Thus the interplay of law, management, and politics in the public agency is best illustrated by ascertaining and assessing impacts on services.

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