Community Politics and Decision-Making: The American Experience and its Lessons
The systematic study of community politics and decision-making started in the United States, and Americans have produced such a gigantic quantity of literature that it seems only sensible to start here when thinking of the directions that British research might take. We can learn from American mistakes, avoid red herrings and blind alleys, and perhaps learn a few short-cuts. At the same time, one cannot simply transplant research approaches from one country to another without allowing for important national differences. The lessons of the American experience must be carefully adapted to suit the British context, and to do this we must know something about the ways in which the American research has developed.
KeywordsLocal Government Community Politics Local Politics American Political Science Review Community Power
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