• Title: Democracy Reformed: Richard Spencer Childs and his Fight for Better Government (Contributions in American History)
  • Author: Bernard Hirschhorn
  • Released: 1997-07-30
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 264
  • ISBN: 0313301441
  • ISBN13: 978-0313301445
  • ASIN: 0313301441
Review "Few city managers, local government specialists, even 20th-century historians, probably have heard the name 'Richard Childs.' Yet, more than any other single person, he was responsible for 'inventing' and promoting the institution of council-manager government. Dr. Hirschhorn has written a splendid, comprehensive biography of Childs, his work and ideas, that so significantly transformed the landscape of modern urban America. Democracy Reformed is certainly a must-read for professionals working in this field who want to gain a deeper appreciation of 'their calling.'"-Richard Stillman, Professor, Public Administration University of Colorado at Denver

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Depicts Childs as an archetype of reform in the Progressive Era.

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