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

by David H. Folz & Edward P. French Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 25, 2005)

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 Hamilton Books (August 15, 2013)

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 Lexington Books (October 15, 2007)

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...

Suburban Crossroads: The Fight for Local Control of Immigration Policy

by Thomas J. Vicino Lexington Books (November 29, 2012)

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 Transaction Publishers (December 31, 2012)

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 to...

All Politics Is Local

by Meaghan Winter Bold Type Books (October 01, 2019)

Democrats have largely ceded control of state governments to the GOP, allowing them to rig our political system and undermine democracy itself.

After the 2016 election, Republicans had their largest majority...

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 Trinity University Press (August 31, 2012)

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 Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 07, 2012)

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...

In the Red

by Meaghan Winter PublicAffairs (October 01, 2019)

Why Democrats have largely ceded control of local and state governments to the GOP--and why that is turning out to be a huge problem for democracy

After the 2016 election, the Republican Party seized control...

Love and Hate in the Heartland

by Mark Phillips Skyhorse (April 03, 2018)

Meet the “deplorables.” Meet the majority that was silent until the election of President Donald Trump. Meet the Middle Americans whom globalism and the modern economy have left behind.

In a collection of...

The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys

by Rob Christensen The University of North Carolina Press (March 28, 2019)

Louisiana had the Longs, Virginia had the Byrds, Georgia had the Talmadges, and North Carolina had the Scotts. In this history of North Carolina's most influential political family, Rob Christensen tells the...

Children of the Dream

by Rucker Johnson & Alexander Nazaryan Basic Books (April 16, 2019)

An acclaimed economist reveals that school integration efforts in the 1970s and 1980s were overwhelmingly successful-and argues that we must renew our commitment to integration for the sake of all Americans


Local Governments in Multilevel Governance

by Robert Agranoff Lexington Books (May 24, 2018)

Local governments serve their communities in many diversified ways as they increasingly engage in multiple connections: international, regional, regional-local, with nongovernmental organizations and through...


by Franklin L. Kury Hamilton Books (May 18, 2018)

In the spring of 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in the Wisconsin gerrymandering case that could have a revolutionary impact on American politics and how legislative representation is chosen....

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

by Gunter Schubert & Anna L. Ahlers Lexington Books (May 16, 2012)

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...

Rise, Decline and Renewal

by Doug Rooks Hamilton Books (February 26, 2018)

Rise, Decline and Renewal tells the remarkable story of the Maine Democratic Party – how it suddenly rose from irrelevance in 1954 with the election of Governor Ed Muskie, successfully challenged the ruling...

The 2014 Elections in Florida

by Robert E. Crew Jr. & Mary Ruggiero Anderson Hamilton Books (March 27, 2018)

This book places the 2014 elections in Florida in historical perspective and provides an analysis of the outcomes of each of the state and federal races held in that year: Governor, State Constitutional Offices,...

The Politics of Local Government

by Barry E. Truchil Lexington Books (December 20, 2017)

Combining scholarly literature with elected experience at the local governmental level, Barry E. Truchil addresses the inner workings and politics of local government in small town and suburban settings in The...

The Consequences of Governance Fragmentation

by Michael R. Ford Lexington Books (September 06, 2017)

This book explains the impacts of Milwaukee’s voucher policy on enrollment and financial health of Milwaukee Public Schools, academic achievement in the city, and ways in which it challenges traditional notions...

A New City O/S

by Stephen Goldsmith & Neil Kleiman Brookings Institution Press (November 28, 2017)

Proposing an entirely new governance model to unleash innovation throughout local government

At a time when trust is dropping precipitously and American government at the national level has fallen into a state...

Rose City Vice

by Phil Stanford Feral House (May 16, 2017)

The City of Roses, as natives of Portland, Oregon like to call it, has a long and honorable history of crime and corruption, starting as far back as the post-Civil War frontier days, leading into the mobster-infused...

Reforming New Orleans

by Peter F. Burns & Matthew O. Thomas Cornell University Press (October 27, 2015)

Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, but in the subsequent ten years, the city has demonstrated both remarkable resilience and frustrating stagnation. In Reforming New Orleans, Peter F. Burns and...

Everyone Counts

by Josh Lerner Cornell Selects (October 01, 2014)

The Laurence and Lynne Brown Democracy Medal recognizes outstanding individuals, groups, and organizations that produce exceptional innovations to further democracy in the United States or around the world....

A Stripe of Tammany's Tiger

by Louis Eisenstein & Elliot Rosenberg Fall Creek Books (April 15, 2013)

"This book is a highly personal glimpse into the world of precinct, district, and county politics. It deals with several stripes of the Tammany Tiger and brings into close focus some of the most forceful background...

Helms and Hunt

by William D. Snider The University of North Carolina Press (October 01, 2017)

In 1984 Jesse Helms, television-commentator-turned-politician and high priest of the New Right in the U.S. Senate, and James Hunt Jr., North Carolina's first two-term governor in the twentieth century, clashed...

Britain’s Cities, Britain’s Future

by Mike Emmerich London Publishing Partnership (February 20, 2017)

Britain invented the modern industrial city in the nineteenth century. But by the late 20th century most British cities had become basket cases. Today London overshadows the rest of the country, as the UK's...

Changing London

by David Robinson & Will Horwitz London Publishing Partnership (May 18, 2015)

Changing London is a rough guide for the next mayor of London, capturing the radical but practical ideas of the people of London and embracing a pioneering and collaborative approach to politics. This is the...

The New Localism

by Bruce Katz & Jeremy Nowak Brookings Institution Press (January 09, 2018)

Finding local solutions when the nation cannot, or will not

With the rise of the politics of populism in the United States and much of Europe, how can openness and diversity survive? The answer, according to...

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

by Matt Bray & Ashley Thomson Dundurn (January 07, 1996)

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

Blacks and the Quest for Economic Equality

by James W. Button, Barbara A. Rienzo & Sheila L. Croucher Penn State University Press (August 04, 2009)

The civil rights movement of the 1960s improved the political and legal status of African Americans, but the quest for equality in employment and economic well-being has lagged behind. Blacks are more than twice...

The Failure of Governance in Bell, California: Big-Time Corruption in a Small Town

by Thom Reilly Lexington Books (May 12, 2016)

In the late 2000s, the small southern California town of Bell erupted in a scandal that revealed a truly astonishing level of municipal corruption—one prosecutor called it “corruption on steroids.” The...

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

by Kenneth C. Wolensky Lehigh University Press (September 16, 2011)

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...