Principles and Methods of Municipal Administration

Principles and Methods of Municipal Administration

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Principles and Methods of Municipal Administration

Principles and Methods of Municipal Administration

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This volume deals with the actual management of municipal business, especially in the United States. It is intended to supplement the author's book on The Government of American Cities, which was published three years ago. Accordingly, it has to do with functions rather than with framework; its aim is to show how various city departments are organized, what work they have to do, and what problems they usually encounter in getting things done.

The subject is a large one, of course; and much has been written about it during the last dozen years. Nearly all of these writings, however, fall into two definite categories: either they are general surveys of the most elementary character, or they are technical treatises which cover in great detail some single branch of municipal work such as street paving, water supply, or waste disposal. Between these two extremes the present volume tries to steer a middle course. It does not attempt to touch upon every phase of city administration, yet the various chapters do include a substantial part of the entire field, and they endeavor to give the reader something more than a mere glimpse of how the problems of a modern city are being handled to-day.

It is to be remembered, however, that methods of municipal administration differ so widely from city to city and are so continually in process of change that generalizations are apt to be faulty or misleading. Yet a certain amount of generalizing there must be if busy citizens are . . .

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