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release date: Dec 18, 2000
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Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia (Gender and American Culture)
Long before the Montgomery bus boycott ushered in the modern civil rights movement, black and white southerners struggled to forge interracial democracy in America. This innovative book examines the most successful interracial coalition in the nineteenth-century South, Virginia's Readjuster Party, and uncovers a surprising degree of fluidity in postemancipation southern politics.

Melding social, cultural, and political history, Jane Dailey chronicles the Readjusters' efforts to foster political cooperation across the color line. She demonstrates that the power of racial rhetoric, and the divisiveness of racial politics, derived from the everyday experiences of individual Virginians--from their local encounters on the sidewalk, before the magistrate's bench, in the schoolroom. In the process, she reveals the power of black and white southerners to both create and resist new systems of racial discrimination. The story of the Readjusters shows how hard white southerners had to work to establish racial domination after emancipation, and how passionately black southerners fought each and every infringement of their rights as Americans.

release date: Jul 16, 2021
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Urban Operations Research
The book covers a wide variety of applied operations research in a way not seen elsewhere. With an emphasis on model building, not theorem proving, the book starts with a review applied probability and contains material on geometrical probability not easily accessible elsewhere. Spatial as well as temporal Poisson processes are covered in depth. Then the applied probability is put to good use in a chapter devoted to queueing models. This is a stand-alone introduction to queueing theory that may be useful in a variety of courses, just as the geometrical probability segment has stand-alone value. The next chapter is a unique tour of spatial queues, combining geometrical probability concepts with models of queues from previous chapters. The core of the chapter is development of the Hypercube Queueing model, a model that -- 31 years after its original development -- remains the gold standard in modeling municipal emergency services such as police, emergency medical and fire departments. The homework problems at the end of this chapter are the most challenging in the book, many worthy of the most advanced doctoral students. The book then shifts slightly from primarily probabilistic models to a combination of probabilistic and deterministic models, focusing on transportation networks analysis. This graph-focused chapter develops rigorous results by intuitive visual arguments, not abstract algebraic theorem proving. It too is a stand-alone chapter, the longest and most comprehensive in the book. There follows a brief chapter on the theory and mechanics of Monte Carlo simulation. This is good material even for people who use packaged simulation software, as it focuses on fundamentals and issues to think about even when using packaged software. The book concludes with a unique chapter on implementation, based on the personal experiences of the authors and their students in attempting to implement the models, methods and philosophies of the book.
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release date: Jul 16, 2021
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American Intergovernmental Relations: Foundations, Perspectives, and Issues
"American Intergovernmental Relations," a collection of 41 readings, deals with a variety of questions relating to the challenges of a network of more than 80,000 governments - including federal, state, county, municipal, and special-district units - functioning effectively. The nature of federalism, the roles played by public interest lobbying groups, the politics and economics of various grants and revenue sharing programs, the cities' experiences in implementing programs, the impact of changing administrations and policy goals, and the trend toward contracting out of public services are some of the topics presented. The articles offer students a firm grounding in the fundamental arrangements of the intergovernmental system, as well as the opportunity to explore contemporary issues.
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release date: Apr 01, 1995
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release date: Sep 16, 1999
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Government and Local Power in Japan, 500-1700: A Study Based on Bizen Province (Michigan Classics in Japanese Studies)
This important study of Japan in premodern times, embracing a span of nearly thirteen centuries, is directed toward the illumination of some important elements of continuity in Japanese history, . It is an effort to explain through the detailed analysis of a microcosm -- the small province of Bizen -- the fundamental institutions of political organization and social and economic structure upon which Japanese government has rested. It seeks historical depth both by limiting the study in terms of its geographical scope and by restricting the number of variables to which it gives attention.

This book deals chiefly with the combination of traditions and techniques by which the Japanese organized power and exercised authority and the connections between the holders of power and the sources of wealth, mainly land. Thus, Government and Local Power in Japan deals with such subjects as theories of legitimacy and practices of administration, concepts of social stratification and social rights, and practices of land tenure and taxation. It seeks to gain a sufficient intimacy with Japanese life to find meaning in the historic continuities and changes in the way premodern Japanese governed themselves.

release date: Jan 11, 2008
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Community Care: Policy and Practice (Public Policy and Politics)
This new edition has been updated to reflect recent shifts in community and social care whilst still providing the authoritative account of its historical development. Particular attention is paid to partnerships between health and social care, the regulation of social care, direct payments and individual budgets and user/carer empowerment.
release date: Jun 01, 1983
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release date: Jul 01, 1982
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release date: Mar 01, 1992
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release date: Jan 01, 1993
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State & Local Politics: Government by the People
Offers an analysis of state and local American government and politics, providing current information on topics such as: who and what influences policy; the politics of governors and state legislatures; how judges are chosen; and the managing of political conflicts at grass roots level.
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