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Local Governance Innovation in China: Experimentation, Diffusion, and Defiance

by Jessica C. Teets & William Hurst

Despite a centralized formal structure, Chinese politics and policy-making have long been marked by substantial degrees of regional and local variation and experimentation. These trends have, if anything, intensified...


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...


Neighborhood Associations and Local Governance in Japan

by Robert J. Pekkanen, Yutaka Tsujinaka & Hidehiro Yamamoto

Although local neighborhood associations are found in many countries, Japan's are distinguished by their ubiquity, scope of activities, and very high participation rates, making them important for the study...


Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington, D.C

by Harry S. Jaffe & Tom Sherwood

With a new afterword covering the two decades since its first publication, two of Washington, D.C.’s most respected journalists expose one of America’s most tragic ironies: how the nation’s capital, often...


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...


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...


Local Government in Central and Eastern Europe: The Rebirth of Local Democracy

by Andrew Coulson & Adrian Campbell

Advocates of democratization in Central and Eastern Europe before 1989 placed great emphasis on community self-government as the basis of civil society and democracy. After the 'Velvet Revolutions' of 1989 and...


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.


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.


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


Managing America's Small Communities: People, Politics, and Performance

by David H. Folz & Edward P. French

In their book, Managing America's Small Communities, David Folz and P. Edward French examine the relevant trends, executive behavior, service quality, and service performance measurement in small communities....


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...


Texas Politics: Governing the Lone Star State

by Cal Jillson

The fourth edition of this popular text is now expanded to better fit the needs of a standalone Texas Politics course. Jillson continues to approach the politics of the Lone Star State from historical, developmental,...


At the End of the Shift: Mines and Single-Industry Towns in Northern Ontario

by Ashley Thomson & Matt Bray

This book explores the relationship between mining and the communities it creates.


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...


Texas Politics: Governing the Lone Star State

by Cal Jillson

Approaching the politics of the Lone Star State from historical, developmental, and analytical perspectives, this text avoids partisanship, ideology, and gimmicks to provide the most comprehensive, readable,...


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...


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

by Chris McNickle

Chris McNickle argues that New York City Mayor David Dinkins failed to wield the power of the mayor with the skill required to run the city. But Dinkins did have a number of successes. McNickle argues that David...