Cases in State and Local Government

Cases in State and Local Government

Cases in State and Local Government

Cases in State and Local Government

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This is a collection of cases concerning situations in state and local government. Written by observers and participants, they reflect the vital character of government and affairs at that level.

Because there are fifty states and about 100,000 jurisdictions of government in this country, it is impossible to make any proud claim to "typicality" in the selection of these cases. At the same time, a charter revision is a typical problem -- and a continuing one, lest constitutions atrophy. An attempt to redevelop the center of a city is typical -- no city of any consequence can avoid the problem for long. Similarly, the activity of one state legislature cannot be without significance to the others.

It is important to get a "feel" for the governing of men at the state and local level, for it is at this stage that we get our first experiences with the governors, whether they be friendly policemen or august school principals. Much of government's reputation is made here, and here much of the misunderstanding and a great deal of the sloppiness occurs. At the same time, we see some very courageous acts -- acts which defy all the theories about power struggles, power elites, and the crass ambitions of men. Greater issues may be resolved or sustained elsewhere, but at the local level, issues take on a very human condition. It is one thing to vote for a relocation program in urban renewal legislation in the Congress; it is quite another to ring a doorbell and inform a . . .

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