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Challenges in City Management

A Case Study Approach

By Becky J. Starnes

CRC Press – 2013 – 200 pages

Series: ASPA Series in Public Administration and Public Policy

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    978-1-43-988436-2
    May 21st 2013

Description

City management in developing countries is a quickly growing area in current public administration literature. However, little research material can be found regarding the management of cities. Demonstrating the issues in this field, Challenges in City Management: A Case Study Approach brings the sometimes dry theories and concepts of urban planning and management to life. The author uses case studies to demonstrate "who," "what," "why," and "how," dramatically increasing readers’ ability to comprehend and apply the theories.

Incorporating urban management and organizational management theories with actual practice, the author presents case studies based on observations made during her extensive experience. She offers multiple examples of common contemporary city topics ranging from personnel, policy-making, housing, homelessness, transportation, and budgeting. Each study describes and analyzes a scenario, identifying the economic and political factors as well as the often conflicting players and interest groups.

The book provides enhanced understanding of the complex environment city administrators work in, helping readers develop improved decision-making and problem-solving skills through the study of real issues city administrators have experienced. The case study methodology used supplies information that is immediately applicable to real-world situations, making it a resource that city administrators can use to improve their public administration and governance skills.

Contents

Introduction

Book Introduction

Overview of Chapters

References for Chapter 1

City-State Relationships and City Charters

Chapter Introduction

Introduction to Case 2-1

Case 2-1: The Clarksville City Charter

Introduction to Case 2-2

Case 2-2: The Quest for Home Rule

Chapter Conclusion

References and Author’s Note

Recommended Readings

Urban Redevelopment

Chapter Introduction

Case Introduction

The Case: Welcome to Blightville

Chapter Conclusion

References and Author’s Note

Authority and Power

Chapter Introduction

Case Introduction

The Case: It is My Property and You Can’t Have It

Chapter Conclusion

References and Author’s Note

Recommended Readings

Policy Making

Chapter Introduction

Case Introduction

The Case: Government Bans Synthetic Drugs

Chapter Conclusion

References and Author’s Note

Recommended Readings

Personnel Management

Chapter Introduction

Introduction to Cases 6-1 and 6-2

Case 6-1: City Employees Underpaid

Case 6-2: Longevity Pay

Chapter Conclusion

References and Author’s Note

Recommended Readings

Electrical Utilities

Chapter Introduction

Introduction to Case 7-1

Case 7-1: Clarksville Department of Electricity

Introduction to Case 7-2

Case 7-2: The Power Board

Chapter Conclusion

References and Author’s Note

Recommended Readings

Traffic Congestion

Chapter Introduction

Introduction to Case 8-1

Case 8-1: We Want This! We Don’t Want This!

Introduction to Case 8-2

Case 8-2: Heavy Industrial Expansion at your Backdoor

Chapter Conclusion

References and Author’s Note

Recommended Readings

Funding of Nonprofit Organizations

Chapter Introduction

Case Introduction

The Case: A Sore Subject

References and Author’s Note

Recommended Readings

Housing and Shelter Issues

Chapter Introduction

Introduction to Case 10-1

Case 10-1: Lack of Housing Options

Introduction to Case 10-2

Case 10-2: Providence Pointe

Introduction to Case 10-3

Case 10-3: A Homeless Collaboration

Conclusion

References and Author’s Notes

Recommended Readings

Finance and Accounting Management

Chapter Introduction

Introduction to Case 11-1

Case 11-1: Outlaws at Outlaw Field

Introduction to Case 11-2

Case 11.2: Funding Challenges of Shared Governance—Outlaw Field

References

Recommended Readings

Airport Authority

Chapter Introduction

Case Introduction

The Case: Airport Authority or Slum Lord

References

Recommended Readings

Animal Welfare and Control

Chapter Introduction

Case Introduction

The Case: Oowww-Doggie

References

Recommended Readings

Glossary

Author Bio

Becky Starnes has a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Policy from Auburn University/Auburn University Montgomery. She has over 30 years of experience working at the city, state, and federal levels of government. Dr. Starnes is currently an associate professor of Public Management at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

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