Winter #MACoCon Book Club to Focus on “Local Interests”

MACo’s “good government” Book Club will renew in January – with a provocative book called Local Interests: Politics, Policy, and Interest Groups in US City Governments. Join us for the conference and this discussion, with a free advance copy of the book.

At the MACo Winter Conference, county officials and other guests can join a discussion on a book affecting public service and best practices as officials, employees, and colleagues. The selection for January 2023 is Local Interests: Politics, Policy, and Interest Groups in US City Governments by Sarah F. Anzia, nominally written about cities and towns, but its lessons and observations port very directly to the challenges and contours of county government in Maryland and elsewhere.

From the synopsis on the reader-driven website Good Reads:

A policy-focused approach to understanding the role of interest groups in US municipal governments.

Local politics in the United States once seemed tranquil compared to the divisiveness and dysfunction of the country’s national politics. Those days have passed. As multiple wide-ranging crises have thrust America’s local governments into the spotlight, they have also exposed policy failures and systemic problems that have mounted for years. While issues such as policing and the cost of housing are debated nationally, much of the policymaking surrounding these issues occurs locally. In Local Interests, Sarah F. Anzia explores how local governments—and the interest groups that try to influence them—create the policies that drive the national conversation: policing, economic development, housing, and challenges of taxing and spending.

Anzia examines local interest groups in terms of the specific policies they pursue, including how these groups get active in politics and what impact they have. By offering new perspectives on these issues, Anzia contributes to our knowledge of how interest groups function and the significant role they play in shaping broader social outcomes.

Read more on Goodreads.

Best of all, if you’re coming to the Winter Conference, and would like to take part in this discussion – your copy of the book is free, if you are among the first 20 to respond!

MACo is grateful for the ongoing support and sponsorship from J.P. Morgan, which has made possible the delivery of free advance copies. Their support for, and contributions to, each renewal of the Book Club has greatly advanced this multi-year conference offering.

Not registered yet for the conference? Register now, and make your hotel plans soon!

MACo’s Winter Conference, “Hit the Ground Running,” will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, MD from January 4-6, 2023 (with a pre-conference orientation for new county officials on January 3).

Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference:

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties