Municipal Accountability in the American Age of Reform

The Gadfly at the Counter, 1870-1920
Palgrave Macmillan (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 25. August 2018
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 140 Seiten
978-3-319-88572-8 (ISBN)
At the foundations of our modern conception of open government are a handful of disgruntled citizens in the Progressive Era who demanded accountability from their local officials, were rebuffed, and then brought their cases to court. Drawing on newspaper accounts, angry letters to editors, local histories, and court records, David Ress uncovers a number of miniature yet critical moments in the history of government accountability, tracing its decline as the gap between citizens and officials widened with the idea of the community as corporation and citizens as consumers. Together, these moments tell the story of how a nation thought about democracy and the place of the individual in an increasingly complex society, with important lessons for policy makers, journalists, and activists today.
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018
  • Englisch
  • Cham
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  • Schweiz
Springer International Publishing
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
IX, 128 p.
  • Höhe: 210 mm
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  • Breite: 148 mm
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  • Dicke: 7 mm
  • 192 gr
978-3-319-88572-8 (9783319885728)
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David Ress is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of New England, Australia.
1. The Micropolitics of Accountability
2. The Street Commissioner's Records
3. The Right to Know Emerges
4. Community as Corporation
5. The Home Rule Idea
6. The Limits of the Vote
7. The Expert Fights Back
8. Conclusion

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