How American Governments Work

A Handbook of City, County, Regional, State, and Federal Operations

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About the Book

During the past two decades, many countries in the world have peacefully undergone a transition to more popular forms of self-governance. The United States represents the world model for evolving forms of democracy. This volume details how government currently works in America.
Forty essays examine the condition of all five levels of government in America—city, county, regional, state, and federal. They describe and examine the structures, operations and services provided by each level, as well as how they are financed.

About the Author(s)

Roger L. Kemp, Ph.D., has been a city manager on both the East and West coasts for more than 25 years and holds International City/County Management Association credentials. He has taught at the University of California, Rutgers University, the University of New Haven, and the University of Connecticut. He is a distinguished adjunct professor in the Executive MPA Program at Golden Gate University.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Roger L. Kemp
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 448
Bibliographic Info: references, index
Copyright Date: 2007 [2002]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3152-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      viii

Preface      1

Part I: National Election Practices     9

Part II: City Government     63

Part III: County Government     117

Part IV: Regional Government     161

Part V: State Government     219

Part VI: Federal Government     287

Part VII: Government Trends     341

Part VIII: The Future of Democracy     403

About the Contributors     431

Index     435