Local Government and the States: Autonomy, Politics and Policy

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M.E. Sharpe, 7 thg 2, 2003
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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, the historical roots of the conflict among them, and an analysis of contemporary problems concerning local authority, local revenues, state interventions and takeovers, and the restructuring of local governments. The author 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. He looks at the intergovernmental struggle from the bottom up, but in the process examines a variety of political activities at the state level and the development and effects of several state policies. Berman finds considerable reason to be concerned about the viability and future of meaningful local government.

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Federal State and Local Relations
Localities in State Politics
Cities and the States The Historical Perspective
The Authority Problem
The Revenue Problem
The Takeover Problem
The Restructuring Problem
Concluding Note
State and Local Revenues Selected Years 19201999
State and Local Governments Selected Years 19021998
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