University Press of America
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978-0-7618-2895-2 • Paperback • November 2004 • $65.99 • (£51.00)
978-1-4617-4092-6 • eBook • November 2004 • $62.50 • (£45.00)
Richard M. Flanagan is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. Professor Flanagan holds a doctorate in Political Science from Rutgers University.
Chapter 1 List of Tables
Chapter 2 Preface
Chapter 3 Acknowledgments
Chapter 4 Bringing the Mayors Back In
Chapter 5 City Hall Powerhouses: The Politics of Reconstruction
Chapter 6 City Hall Masters: Reconstructive Variations
Chapter 7 Conflict and Crisis at City Hall: The Politics of Preemption
Chapter 8 Mayor Fiorello La Guardia of New York: The Case of Preemptive Greatness
Chapter 9 The Modern American Mayoralty
Chapter 10 Index
[Flanagan's mayoral leadership] case studies…are consistently interesting, engagingly well written, and instructive.
— Richard E. DeLeon, San Francisco State University; Political Science Quarterly
It is useful to start and finish with Richard Flanagan, a political scientist who provides a broad framework for understanding mayors from the New Deal to the present and offers incisive portraits of both successful and unsuccessful mayors.
— James H. Svara, Arizona State University; Public Administration Review
This well-written monograph on mayoral leadership in selected large U.S. cities provides several insights into an understudied and insufficiently appreciated elective executive office. Summing Up: RECOMMENDED. All four-year university libraries and public libraries in the cities with mayors featured.
— E.T. Jones, University of Missouri?St. Louis; Choice Reviews
For a variety of reasons, there are relatively few comparative studies of mayoral leadership. Flanagan's work helps to fill this void...The author's attempt to create a 'unified field theory' of executive politics by applying presidential theories to mayoral politics is to be applauded...Political scientists need to do more work that examines how the mayors of multiple major cities function. The great virtue of Mayors and the Challenge of Urban Leadership is that it helps to fill the void.
— Andrew McNitt, Eastern Illinois University; Perspectives on Politics