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National Civic Review, Volume 90 , No. 1, 2001: Model City Charter Reform for a New Century

National Civic Review, Volume 90 , No. 1, 2001: Model City Charter Reform for a New Century

NCR (National Civic Review)

ISBN: 978-0-787-95748-3

Jul 2001, Jossey-Bass

116 pages

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This issue is the first step in the National Civic League's two-year project to review and revise the Model City Charter, a tool developed in 1897 by scholars and civic reforms seeking to create effective models for local government. Last published in 1989, revisions to the Model City Charter will encompass important changes to local government within the last twelve years, including its increasing role in promoting economic development and delivering social services. Contributors demonstrate that the new Model City Charter must also recognize the emergence of community based coalitions that mayors, council members, and commissions are turning to accomplish their goals and bring people to the table of community decision making. The specific needs of larger cities to move from council-manager models to revised charters that augment the powers of the mayor, as well as the emerging prominence of the chief administrative officer, are discussed. Providing an overview of the issues facing the broad group of citizens, academics, and public officials convened to evaluate the framework in which local governments, the National Civic League has begun the task of bringing the Model City Charter forward into its second century.

Articles Include:

How Anerican City Governments Have Changed: The Evolution of the Model City Charter
H. George Frederickson, Curtis Wood, Brett Logan

Do We Still Need Model Charters? The Meaning and Relevance of Reform in the Twenty-First Century
James H. Svara

An Interview with Terell Blodgett
Michael McGrath

Council-Manager Government: Alive and Leading Today's Best-Managed Communities
William H. Hansell, Jr.

Whither Local Government Reform? The Case of Wisconsin
James Simmons

The Manager as Political Leader
John Nalbandian

Making Regions Viable by Making Them Imageable
Allan D. Wallis

Hispanics, Social Capital, and Civic Engagement
Gary M. Segura, Harry Pachon, Nathan D. Woods

The Dynamics of Social Capital: Creating Trust-Based Relationships and Trustworty Environments
Larry Lemmel

Community Development and Systems Thinking: Theory and Practice
Nina Spruill, Con Kenney, Laura Kaplan