State and Local Politics

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In Local Hands

The first comprehensive study of village government formation and dissolution in New York State.

Power, Constraint, and Policy Change

Examines how state courts change public policy through an analysis of their influence on state education finance reform.

Beyond the Xs and Os

Inside account of the negotiations between the football Bills, New York State, and Erie County to sign a long-term stadium lease and thereby keep the team in Buffalo.

Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development, Second Edition

Examines the many issues raised by TIF, the most widely used tool of local economic and community development.

Innovative Congressional Minimum Standards Preemption Statutes

Examines a new type of federal preemption statute popular since 1965 that allows states to retain a certain amount of regulatory discretion, with a focus on environmental statutes.

Government in the Twilight Zone

Illuminates how local board systems operate and the motivations and experiences of their members.

Cities for Sale

Examines how US cities have adopted the tactics of public relations and marketing firms to “brand” themselves.

Interstate Water Compacts

Examines intergovernmental efforts within the United States to manage the nation's water supply.

Interstate Cooperation, Second Edition

First in-depth examination of the various forms of interstate cooperation and their central role promoting a successful federal system of government in the United States.

Interstate Economic Relations

A comprehensive look at the economic relations among states, and how they might be better optimized.

Governing New York State, Sixth Edition

Comprehensive overview of New York State’s politics, political institutions, and major public policies.

Horizontal Federalism

Provides detailed information and an analysis of interstate relations, and advances recommendations to improve the economic and political union.

Universal Preschool

Examines recent trends in state-funded preschool education.

Business Improvement Districts and the Shape of American Cities

Examines the impact of business improvement districts on the quality of contemporary civic life.

Devolution and Black State Legislators

Comprehensive study of the state of black state legislative politics.

Congressional Preemption

Examines the use of preemption powers by Congress to completely or partially remove regulatory authority from state and local governments.

Politics in the New South

Documents political advances made by African Americans in the South over the last twenty-five years.

State Constitutions for the Twenty-first Century, Volume 1

The first systematic analysis of the obstacles to state constitutional reform.

City Executives

This study explores the work life of mayors, city managers, and other top executives in city government. Based on a survey of 527 city executives and enlivened with numerous anecdotes, the book documents ...

The Politics of State and City Administration

In The Politics of State and City Administration, Abney and Lauth take a penetrating look at the relationships of state and city administrators to the people with whom they work: legislators, councilors, ...