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Managing Local Government
An Essential Guide for Municipal and County Managers



August 2017 | 304 pages | CQ Press

Managing Local Government: An Essential Guide for Municipal and County Managers offers a practical introduction to the changing structure, forms, and functions of local governments. Taking a metropolitan management perspective, authors Kimberly Nelson and Carl W. Stenberg explain U.S. local government within historical context and provide strategies for effective local government management and problem solving. Real-life scenarios and contemporary issues illustrate the organization and networks of local governments; the roles, responsibilities, and relationships of city and county managers; and the dynamics of the intergovernmental system. Case studies and discussion questions in each chapter encourage critical analysis of the challenges of collaborative governance. Unlike other books on the market, this text’s combined approach of theory and practice encourages students to enter municipal and county management careers and equips them with tools to be successful from day one.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1 • Managing Local Governments in a Dynamic World
Purpose and Organization of the Book  
The Contemporary Context: Continuity and Change  
The Intergovernmental Landscape: Who’s in Charge?  
Managing Challenges: Critical Competencies for Closing the Gap  
 
Chapter 2 • U.S. Local Governments in Historical Context
Early Development of American Cities: 1700–1900  
Urban Population Growth  
The Progressive Era  
Post-Progressive Era Metropolitan Development  
Looking Forward  
 
Chapter 3 • Types, Functions, and Authority of U.S. Local Governments
U.S. Local Government Authority  
Local Government Types and Distribution  
Regional Models of Local Government Structure  
Local Forms of Government  
 
Chapter 4 • Working across Boundaries
Stressed Local Structure  
Reform Perspectives  
The Manager’s Key Transcending Role  
From Cooperation to Governance: Snow White and the 17 Dwarfs  
State Restructuring Incentives  
Regional Cooperation: Looking Forward  
 
Chapter 5 • The Career of the Local Government Manager
Local Government Manager Profiles  
Working as a Local Government Manager  
Roles of the Local Government Manager  
Managers as Leaders  
The Local Government Manager as Organizational Leader  
The Manager’s Code of Ethics  
Making the Case for a Career in Local Government Management  
 
Chapter 6 • Roles and Relationships
Mayoral Authority and Roles  
Basics of Council–Manager Relationships: A North Carolina Example  
Realities of Council–Manager Roles and Responsibilities  
Changing Roles and Relationships  
 
Chapter 7 • Enhancing Council–Manager Effectiveness
High-Performing Habits  
The Manager’s Facilitating Role  
Mutual Expectations  
Recognizing and Dealing with Problems in the Governing Body  
 
Chapter 8 • Citizen Engagement
Why Engage Citizens?  
History of U.S. Citizen Engagement  
Objectives of Citizen Participation  
Engagement Challenges  
From Participation to Power  
E-Government Engagement  
Making Engagement Work  
 
Chapter 9 • Service Delivery Strategies and Innovation
Who Does What? Government-to-Government Approaches  
Who Does What? Public–Private Partnerships  
Other Alternative Service Delivery Tools  
Key Questions  
Building Capacity for Innovation  
 
Chapter 10 • The Manager’s Toolbox
Building Organizational Capacity  
The Manager’s Toolbox  
The Journey from Planning and Measurement to Management  
Using the Tools as Manager  
 
Chapter 11 • Emerging Issues and Management Challenges Facing Local Governments
Wicked Problems Facing Local Governments  
Current and Emerging Issues for Local Governments  
Skills Needed in Future Managers  
Tackling Wicked Problems  
Conclusion  
 
Appendix 1: International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Code of Ethics with Guidelines
 
Appendix 2: International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Practices for Effective Local Government Management
 
Index

Managing Local Government: An Essential Guide for Municipal and County Managers takes on a critical topic—governing in urban areas. This text is very readable for an undergraduate audience with limited knowledge of local government and provides solid discussion of the role of the city manager in local government.

Raymond W. Cox III
University of Akron

Managing Local Government: An Essential Guide for Municipal and County Managers by Kimberly Nelson and Carl Stenberg is highly readable, well researched, and well written. The text features a strong focus on theory and history, summarizing practical managerial advice and strategies and comparing and contrasting theory and factual information through charts and tables.

Paula A. Duda Holoviak
Kutztown University

Managing Local Government: An Essential Guide for Municipal and County Managers offers an exceptional overview of the profession of local government management. It also offers key insights and a valuable road map for the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective manager in an increasingly complicated intergovernmental landscape. It highlights skills, practices, and policies that are essential for a student of local government management to understand.

Christine Palus
Villanova University
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • A focus on management, as opposed to a focus on political issues and theoretical concepts, equips students with a working knowledge to manage and maintain high-performance organizations within an increasingly complex metropolitan system.  
  • Practical examples in every chapter bring concepts to life and show students how to apply them to real situations they may face in local government management.
  • Multiple case studies presented throughout the text strengthen students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Local government management career profiles give students insight into the daily life of working professionals and tips for finding success in their career.
  • A chapter on citizen engagement (Ch. 8) shows students how engaging citizens can enhance the policy process and addresses the challenges when doing so.
  • The Manager’s Toolbox (Ch. 10) offers students strategic planning, performance budgeting, succession planning, and other tools to improve government performance.

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ISBN: 9781506323374