Strategic Alignment for the New Normal: Collaboration, Sustainability, and Deliberation in Local Government Across Boundaries

Source: Michael Abels, State and Local Government Review, Vol. 46 no. 3, September 2014
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From the abstract:
Local government is assuming a new and transformational leadership role in this era of the “new normal,” which is highlighted by structural resource scarcity and the assumption of new missions in our federal structure. These new missions mandate regional governance, both in planning and in service delivery. Planning in the twenty-first century must be strategic, regionally based, and founded on the principles of community sustainability. Service delivery, while maintaining its traditional emphasis on public safety and service, must move into areas that address the growing social and economic needs of our citizens. The foundation for mission success will see regionalism, deliberative democracy, and strategic sustainability as foundation for local governance.
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Devolutionary Realignment: Shedding Services, Ad Hoc Collaboration, and Political Reconfiguration: Expert Panel Comments on Michael Abels’ Article, “Strategic Alignment for the New Normal: Collaboration, Sustainability, and Deliberation in Local Government across Boundaries”
Source: Bruce J. Perlman and J. Edwin Benton, State and Local Government Review, Vol. 46 no. 3, September 2014
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