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Henderson, Harold
April 2005
Planning;Apr2005, Vol. 71 Issue 4, p49
Trade Publication
This article presents information about the book "Principles of American Metropolitan Governance," by Stuart Shaffer. The first six chapters of this book are largely descriptive, explaining how decisions about U.S. metropolitan areas get made by way of fragmented governance. In Shaffer's view, the two main purposes of metropolitan governance should be to pro- vide areawide infrastructure and to manage growth so as to sustain economic and environmental values. He puts particular emphasis on metropolitan regions as economic entities, on the importance of transportation and communications and on the significant decisionmaking powers both federal and state governments exert on metropolitan issues.


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