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This book examines how and why local governments are formed in the United States, and the interests that are served by their creation. Instead of lobbying for their interests within the boundaries of existing cities, Americans have increasingly created new "special districts" in the last 50 years. Because of the autonomy that local governments enjoy in the United States, the formation of these gorvernments has an impact on the quality of life for many Americans, creating boundaries, mostly along race and class lines that determine access to education, housing, and basic services. Upper-division undergraduate, and graduate students. Courses in state and local government, urban politics, and intergovernmental relations.
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Nancy Burns is at University of Michigan.Review:
"I wish I had known about this text before using my current one. It's excellent. Kudos to Nancy Burns--well done."--Donald Crumbley, Sr, Columbia College
"[A] useful contribution to the urban politics literature...The presentation of the historical materials is novel and there is an interesting discussion of the effects of the 1965 Voting Rights Act on municipal incorporations. The book would be a useful text for an introductory course on local
governmant..."--Journal of Regional Science
"An outstanding piece of research!"--Eric Hozik, University of Nevada
"Prof. Burns has obviously done her research--the bibliography is most impressive."--David Robinson, University of Houston
"I've already used the book in manuscript form for the last two years in my graduate seminar on urban politics. It draws on a broad range of empirical evidence to make a significant theoretical contribution to our understanding of local government formation."--Gerald Gamm, University of
"A very important study. Provides original insight about a major aspect of American urban politics that has been largely neglected by modern scholarship. The findings are interesting, the methodologies are appropriate and the theoretical implications are most stimulating. Will draw widespread
attention from professionals, scholars, and students of local politics."--Paul Kantor, Fordham University
"Burns's comprehensive review of the literature, creative use of case studies, and quantitative analysis combine to make a significant contribution to the field. Her work is important to the study of local government, political economy, and urban politics....Throughout, her scholarship is
impressive. She has read widely and carefully, covering an awesome range of historical studies, case materials, and most of the relevant general and theoretical literature. Her use of these materials is often imaginative, particularly in the weaving together of the findings of a substantial number
of case studies."--Michael N. Danielson, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1994. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0195082753-2-4