State and Local Governments

State and Local Governments

State and Local Governments

State and Local Governments

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As in Governing Urban America, I have attempted in this book to relate the subject matter to the total political process, including the social and economic environment in which it exists. I have thus drawn materials from all of the social sciences, as well as from the humanities. My goal has not been to provide a factual reference book -- I have been liberal with citations for that purpose -- but to give the reader a tool for the analysis of politics at the state and local levels. A strong effort has been made to incorporate recent empirical findings from all of the social sciences, though I would describe my approach as eclectic rather than behavioral.

My own participant-observer roles have been useful, I believe, in providing insights and giving balance in the selection of materials to be included. I have served as a member of the planning commission in my suburb. At the state level, I was formerly administrative assistant to Governor G. Mennen Williams of Michigan and have been a member of the Governor's Advisory Committee on State Reorganization and chairman of the Michigan Study Commission on Metropolitan Area Problems, among other assignments.

This edition seeks to incorporate recent research pertinent to state and local politics and to reflect the direction in which research is taking the field. The particularly important advances in understanding state legislative behavior and the large amount of valuable data stemming from studies of legislatures have made it seem appropriate to add a separate chapter on the subject, and the central importance of state and local politics to civil rights and liberties is the basis for a separate chapter on that subject.

The strongly favorable response to the original edition of this work has convinced me that the style and spirit should be retained, but advances in the field have dictated a substantial updating and revision of all chapters.

Unfortunately, I cannot give proper credit to the many persons in the academic world and in government who have helped me as critics and in supplying information; I cannot even name them here. One person must be singled out for special appreciation, however. Richard H. McCleery of Antioch College reviewed the original manuscript in great detail. His notes were a model of effective criticism, and I owe much to him as a result.

I am also indebted to many persons who have used the original edition and offered their criticisms and suggestions. My thanks to them.

It is conventional, and quite proper, to add that all conclusions-and errors of fact -- are my responsibility alone.

Charles R. Adrian . . .

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