Camelot : Role Playing Simulation for Political Decision Making

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This book should be of interest to undergraduate courses in political administration, particularly those with an emphasis on local more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • CA, United States
  • 2nd edition
  • 0534108911
  • 9780534108915

Table of contents

Part One: Understanding political decision making. Introduction. Community political decision making "power" or "resources and influence?" Is there a "structure" in community decision making? Evolution of community power patterns. The legal authority of cities: powers and constraints. Fiscal constraints on community political decision making - types of taxes, taxation problems for municipal decision makers. Local government agendas, candidates and issues - policy initiation and agenda building, legislative decision making, local government issues. Interest groups in the decision-making process - what are they, who are they, how do they influence political decisions? Types of interest groups. Forms of local government - weak-mayor and council form, strong-mayor and council form, council-manager form, the strong-mayor and council form versus the council-manager form, the place of a planning commission. Part Two: Simulating political decision making welcome to Camelot. Introduction to simulation - why a simulation? What to look for? Other things to keep in mind. Starting the simulation - how to use the materials, how to begin. Issues - resolution of sympathy, the gay rights issue, officer protection program issue, the growth rate issue, the downtown hotel plaza issue, the budget issue, the beauty salon zone variance issue, the massage parlor issue, the home for the mentally ill issue, the topless bar issue, the excalibur restaurant issue, the handgun ban issue, the air pollution issue, the abortion clinic issue, the buddhist temple issue, the noise ordinance issue, the Aids examination and drug testing issue. Reference materials - Camelot: basic data, Camelot: area descriptions, the charter, zoning regulations and land use, the sunshine law, strikes by public employees. Elections - election procedures - city of Camelot. Role descriptions, settings, and lists of duties - How to use the role descriptions, Camelot city government and lists of duties of some of its officers, the city council, the mayor, the planning commission, the newspaper roles. Role request (a tear-out page). Nomination petition (a tear-out page).show more