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Progressive Cities: The Commission Government Movement in America, 1901-1920

by Bradley Robert Rice

Although the commission government movement is often treated by historians as an element of the reform surge of the Progressive Era, this is the first full-scale study of the origins, spread, and decline of...


Disaster Communications in a Changing Media World

by George Haddow & Kim S Haddow

Communications are key to the success of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Accurate information disseminated to the general public, to elected officials and community leaders, as well...


Boss Rule in South Texas: The Progressive Era

by Evan Anders

Four men played leading roles in the political drama that unfolded in South Texas during the first decades of this century: James B. Wells, who ruled as boss of Cameron County and served as leading conservative...


Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago's 99%

by Kari Lydersen

Lydersen lambasts Chicago's nationally recognized mayor for his obedient endorsement of the devastating austerity agenda set forth by the one-percent.


Village Democracy

by John Papworth

The author passionately sets out his argument for radical decentralisation of power as the only answer to the current crises in politics, trade, ecology, and international affairs.


Local Government in Connecticut, Third Edition

by Frank B. Connolly, Roger L. Kemp & Philip K. Schenck

Indispensable guide to the ins and outs of Connecticut local government


Turmoil and Transition in Boston: A Political Memoir from the Busing Era

by Lawrence S. DiCara & Chris Black

This book tells the personal and political story of Larry DiCara, the youngest person ever elected to the Boston City Council. In this memoir, he offers an insider’s perspective on the decade of turmoil of...


Race Rules: Electoral Politics in New Orleans, 1965-2006

by Baodong Liu & James M. Vanderleeuw

Race Rules examines electoral politics over forty years, up to the present day. Liu and Vanderleeuw show that an understanding of New Orleans politics must start with the city's racial composition and must be...


Participation and Empowerment at the Grassroots: Chinese Village Elections in Perspective

by Gunter Schubert & Anna L. Ahlers

This monograph ties in the scholarly debate on Chinese village elections and their consequences for China’s political system. By critically assessing the recent literature on village elections and drawing...


Daley: A Retrospective: A Historical Exploration of Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley

by Chicago Tribune Staff

From the second half of the twentieth century through today, no family has defined Chicago in the public's eye more than the Daleys. Between Richard J. Daley and his son, Richard M. Daley, a member of this prominent...


Freedom of Information: Local Government and Accountability

by Richard A. Chapman & Michael Hunt

Now a vital part of the British system of government, the 2005 Freedom of Information Act also plays an important role in developing local democracy. This detailed review explores the need for freedom of information...


The Power of the Mayor: David Dinkins: 1990-1993

by Chris McNickle

Chris McNickle argues that Mayor David Dinkins failed to wield the power of the mayor with the skill required to run New York City. He also argues that Dinkins's successes were overshadowed by his failure...


The Political Economy of Decentralization in Sub-Saharan Africa: A New Implementation Model in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, and Senegal

by Thierry Madies

For the past two decades, experiments in decentralization and federalization have been developing in Africa, Asia, and the formerly communist states of Eastern Europe. Many of the powers previously in the hands...


Suburban Crossroads: The Fight for Local Control of Immigration Policy

by Thomas J. Vicino

In fear of becoming havens for illegal immigrants, numerous local communities adopted and implemented their own immigration laws during the 2000s. Suburban Crossroads chronicles the debates and policy responses...


Localizing Development: Does Participation Work?

by Ghazala Mansuri & Vijayendra Rao

The Policy Research Report Localizing Development: Does Participation Work? brings analytical rigor to a field that has been the subject of intense debate and advocacy, and billions of dollars in development...


Only in Chicago: How the Rod Blagojevich Scandal Engulfed Illinois; Embroiled Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and Jesse Jackson, Jr.; and Enthralled the N

by Natasha Korecki

"As the circus of the Blagojevich saga unfolded, Natasha Korecki was right at the center.... It was a seriocomedy suited to her enterprise and imagination, and she’s the one to write the book." —Roger Ebert...


Transforming San Antonio: An Insider's View to the AT&T Arena, Toyota, the PGA Village, and the Riverwalk Extension

by Nelson W. Wolff & Henry Cisneros

San Antonio boasts one of the country’s fastest-growing metropolitan regions, thanks to visionary personalities, key politicians, a vibrant citizenry, and a bit of luck. In this lively behind-the-scenes account,...


Arizona Firestorm: Global Immigration Realities, National Media, and Provincial Politics

by Otto Santa Ana & Celeste González de Bustamante

Arizona Firestorm brings together well respected experts from across the political spectrum to examine and contextualize the political, economic, historical, and legal issues prompted by this and other anti-Latino...


The Life of Pennsylvania Governor George M. Leader: Challenging Complacency

by Kenneth C. Wolensky

The Life of Pennsylvania Governor George M. Leader tells the story of George Michael Leader who, at 36, was the second youngest governor ever elected to the office and served from 1955 to 1959. His chances of...


Politics and Pasta

by Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, Jr., David Fisher & Buddy Cianci

An election is a war and "to the victor belongs the spoils."  As I learned so well, that's the real democratic process.  After all, you'll never see a victorious politician tell his supporters, "I want to...