The American Municipal Association: A Case Study of Municipal Representation in Washington

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politics, local government, municipalities, American Municipal Association, city representation, public policy


Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Sociology | State and Local Government Law | Urban Studies and Planning


Who speaks for the city? Does city hall practice the "art and business of influencing law makers" in the Nation's Capitol? Who are the Washington petitioners for the city council and its urban needs?

The League of Women Voters and Rotary International, the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce, as well as the National Association of County Officials, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the American Municipal Association all claim, among others, to represent the metropolitan interest of the urban community. While the field is broad and the groups are many, the purpose of this paper is to analyze the national representation of municipal governments and their associations. The approach will embrace a case study of the American Municipal Association, with emphasis on the question of mass-transit legislation. This approach will be primarily concerned with the goals, methods, and effects of city representation in Washington.

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