The Resource Tense commandments : federal prescriptions and city problems, Pietro S. Nivola

Tense commandments : federal prescriptions and city problems, Pietro S. Nivola

Label
Tense commandments : federal prescriptions and city problems
Title
Tense commandments
Title remainder
federal prescriptions and city problems
Statement of responsibility
Pietro S. Nivola
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
During the past decade, dozens of large cities lost population as jobs and people kept moving to the suburbs. Despite widespread urban revitalization and renewal, one fact remains unmistakable: when choosing where to live and work, Americans prefer the suburbs to the cities. Many underlying causes of the urban predicament are familiar: disproportionate poverty, stiff city tax rates, and certain unsatisfactory municipal services (most notably, public schools). Less recognized is the distinct possibility that sometimes the regulatory policies of the federal government-the rules and rulings imposed by its judges, bureaucrats, and lawmakers-further disadvantage the cities, ultimately burdening their ability to attract residents and businesses. In Tense Commandments, Pietro S. Nivola encourages renewed reflection on the suitable balance between national and local domains. He examines an array of directive or supervisory methods by which federal policymakers narrow local autonomy and complicate the work urban governments are supposed to do. Urban taxpayers finance many costly projects that are prescribed by federal law. A handful of national rules bore down on local governments before 1965. Today these governments labor under hundreds of so-called unfunded mandates. Federal aid to large cities has lagged behind a profusion of mandated expenditures, at times straining municipal budgets. Apart from their fiscal impacts, Nivola argues, various federal prescriptions impinge on local administration of routine services, tying the hands of managers and complicating city improvements. Nivola includes case studies of six cities: Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He describes the "politics of paternalism," the political pressures that federal regulations place on governance. Then he offers comparisons with various political systems abroad, including Germany, the U.K., France, and Italy. As the nation and its cities brace for a long and arduous effort to combat terrorism, Nivola recommends that federal mandates be evaluated with a standard question: are they socially beneficial, or do they deprive localities of discretion, distort legitimate local priorities, and perhaps misallocate resources' In today's intricate federal system, the unencumbered capacity of governments at all levels to define their roles and concentrate on their core functions and responsibilities seems urgent
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
307.76/0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HT123
LC item number
.N58 2002eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Tense commandments : federal prescriptions and city problems, Pietro S. Nivola
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Problems -- Tales from six cities -- The politics of paternalism -- Comparative politics
Control code
ocm53795233
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 218 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780815760931
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctsfh553
Publisher number
EB00642087
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b3221473x
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)53795233
  • pebcs0815760930

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