Local Politics

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_1431-1


Allocational policies: policies that have little or no effect on the locality’s economy.

At-large elections: in the local context, at-large elections involve the whole city electing a councilmember, who then represents that city.

Council-manager systems: The city manager (an appointed position) maintains much of the budgetary and administrative powers that were originally with the mayor in mayor-council systems, meaning that the mayor has less institutional strength than if he or she were in a mayor-council system. In council-manager systems, the mayor is sometimes selected from among the councilmembers.

Developmental policies: policies that promote local economic growth.

District elections: in the local context, only a geographic portion of the city (known as a district or ward) elects a councilmember that represents the district or ward.

Mayor-council systems: in such systems, mayors are typically vested with more administrative and budgetary power and are elected...


Policy Preference Local Policy Reform Institution Local Politics Local Governance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of HoustonHoustonUSA