ERIC Number: ED317345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
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Back Home: Grassroots Governments and the People They Serve.
Sokolow, Alvin D.
Local governments are essential to the democratic processes of the nation. Particularly in rural and other small communities, they are familiar institutions with much visibility and accessibility, promoting citizen participation and control. This guide presents an overview of the characteristics of American's small local governments. America's small governments are generally located outside of the nation's central cities and adjacent suburban fringes. Within these non-urban territories, there is immense variation in community types, growth patterns, and degree of economic prosperity. The small governments described here are classified by the Census bureau as "general purpose governments," entities with generally more than one function and with broad powers of representation. They include town, township, municipal and county governments. The guide describes (1) key features; (2) forms and purposes; (3) functions; (4) organizational variations; (5) public service activities and finances; (6) key actors and operating styles; and (7) the place of small governments in the federal system. Since small local governments nationwide vary greatly in form and activity, this narrative is supplemented by an appendix that details local patterns in each of the 50 states. This primer focuses on local governments that serve communities of 25,000 population or less. This document contains 26 references. (DHP)
Descriptors: Community Services, County Officials, Government Employees, Local Government, Local Legislation, Public Agencies, Rural Areas
National Association of Towns and Townships, 1522 K Street, N.W., Suite 730, Washington, DC 20005 ($20.00 plus 10% postage and handling).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Association of Towns and Townships, Washington, DC.
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