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Local governments and the states : autonomy, politics, and policy
Berman, David R.
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Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, [2003]

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xii, 224 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Federal, state, and local relations -- Localities in state politics -- Cities and the states: the historical perspective -- The authority problem -- The revenue problem -- The takeover problem -- The restructuring problem -- Concluding note -- Appendix a: state and local revenues, selected years, 1902-1999 -- Appendix b: state aid to local governments, selected years, 1902-1998

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This book offers an overview of the legal, political, and broad intergovernmental environment in which relations between local and state units of government take place, the historical roots of the conflict among them, and an analysis of contemporary problems concerning local authority, local revenues, state interventions and takeovers, and the restructuring of local governments. The author pays special attention to local governmental autonomy and the goals and activities of local officials as they seek to secure resources, fend off regulations and interventions, and fight for survival as independent units. He looks at the intergovernmental struggle from the bottom up, but in the process examines a variety of political activities at the state level and the development and effects of several state policies. Berman finds considerable reason to be concerned about the viability and future of meaningful local government.

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Berman (political science, Arizona State Univ.) is a leading authority on federalism and intergovernmental relations who has often authored the selection in the Municipal Year Book that examines recent developments in relations between states and their local governments. This current volume provides a broad overview of that subject from the perspective of local governments and their officials. Both the legal and political aspects of these relations are analyzed. Berman is to be commended for his treatment of such topics as disincorporation, state mandates on local governments, fiscal note requirements, and other topics that have received inadequate attention from political scientists. Also in this category, and particularly noteworthy, is his chapter on state "takeovers" of cities and counties that have severe fiscal problems, and of school districts that have been deemed to be academically bankrupt. While Berman does not break any major new ground, he has written a valuable book that both undergraduate and graduate students may use as a foundation for further reading. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All academic libraries. T. H. Ferrell University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Table of Contents

Federal, State, and Local Relations
Localities in State Politics
States and the Cities: The Historical Perspective
The Authority Problem
The Revenue Problem
The Takeover Problem
The Restructuring Problem
Concluding Note
Appendix A State and Local Revenues, Selected Years, 1902-1999
Appendix B State Aid to Local Governments, Selected Years 1902-1998
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