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Municipal Accountability in the American Age of Reform

The Gadfly at the Counter, 1870–1920

Authors: Ress, David

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  • Brings to life the history of municipal accountability in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • Presents an accessible historical analysis of public records access and American urban governance through a series of micro-histories
  • Appeals to scholars of political science, legal history, urban studies, and public policy  
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About this book

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.

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David Ress is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of New England, Australia. 

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“When we demand so much of our political leaders, how timely it is to explore the issue of accountability. David Ress does this with deft nuance and significant detail. Accountability is not a flat characteristic of democracy but a product in tension, that responds to demands, changes with circumstances, adapts, is challenged and defended and emerges triumphant. David Ress tells the story of municipal accountability through the exploration of several key examples. He asks us to question the relationship between the governed and those who govern. What an important story it is and what an important question to ask.” (Jennifer Clark, Head of School, School of Humanities, University of Adelaide, Australia)

 “While accessing government records often is now as easy as clicking on a link, this fascinating new study by award-winning journalist Dave Ress reminds us  how hard it once  was to pry information out of the State Capitol or the nearby City Hall. In a compelling report that takes readers from New York City’s Tammany Hall to government outposts on the prairies, we learn of the difficult struggles to ensure the public’s right to access what we know now as public information. It’s a lively read of gadflies and foot-dragging governments, how what citizens today take for granted actually came to pass.” (Stephen Famsworth, Professor and Director, Center for Leadership and Media Studies, University of Mary Washington, USA)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-68258-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Hardcover $69.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-68257-0
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Softcover $69.99
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  • Due: December 4, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-88572-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Municipal Accountability in the American Age of Reform
Book Subtitle
The Gadfly at the Counter, 1870–1920
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-68258-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-68258-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-68257-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88572-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 128
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