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Managing Urban America, 6th Edition [Paperback]

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July 12, 2006 1568029306 978-1568029306 6

Urban managers continue to do what they have done for decades: manage conflict, adapt to shifting demographics, balance their own source funds with intergovernmental revenues, respond to federal and state mandates, negotiate with other localities in their same metropolitan area, and deliver goods and services. But managers today are confronted with new challenges in what has become "fend for yourself" federalism. City executives must do more with less while at the same time figure out ways to harness the power of new technologies and react to a globalized world and economy. It is no wonder then that even great managers can fail at urban administration. To succeed, they must understand the nature of community values, the pitfalls of bureaucratic inertia, and the craft of leadership--that is, the politics of urban management.

Morgan, England, and Pelissero offer a forward-looking account of this new urban management environment. In a comprehensive update, the authors have reorganized the book's structure to better fit the challenges facing today's cities, and make even greater use of systems theory as an analytic framework. Featuring discussions of the New Public Management model, the impacts of globalization, changes in service delivery, urban planning, economic development, and program evaluation, they discuss key productivity enhancements that emphasize results and accountability. The authors then focus on the impact of citizen participation, e-government, the events of 9/11, and intergovernmental relations as examples of significant environmental factors that impinge on the management of modern cities. In addition, every case study in the book is brand new and many include information on "Connecting to the Internet" and "Profiles of Urban Practitioners and Scholars."

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David R. Morgan is professor emeritus at the University of Oklahoma where he was the Henry Bellmon Chair of Public Service and professor of political science. He spent five years in local government including service as the first city manager of Yukon, Oklahoma.

Robert E. England is professor of political science at Oklahoma State University. He is the author or coauthor of several books and book chapters. His research has appeared in a number of journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Politics, and Public Administration Review.

John P. Pelissero is professor of political science at Loyola University Chicago. He is the editor of Cities, Politics, and Policy: A Comparative Analysis (2003) and the author of numerous articles on cities. His recent research has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science and Urban Affairs Review.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press; 6 edition (July 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568029306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568029306
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Too Old January 31, 2013
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This version of the book was written in the 80s. Don't bother buying it, much of the information is out of date.
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