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Camelot : A Role-Playing Simulation for Political Decision Making

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9780155078611

ISBN10:
0155078615
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
8/17/2000
Publisher(s):
Wadsworth Publishing

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This is the 4th edition with a publication date of 8/17/2000.
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Summary

CAMELOT introduces students the interactions of contending and contentious groups and individuals whose values and goals range from radical to reactionary. It addresses such issues as equal opportunity, right to life, freedom of expression, affirmative action, property rights, gay rights, and more. Students quickly learn that competing interests and viewpoints - with their varying degrees of organization and cohesiveness - make political decision-making complex, time consuming, exciting, and often difficult to predict.

Table of Contents

PART ONE Understanding Political Decision Making
Introduction
1(3)
Local Government: Why Study It?
4(8)
Governments and Communities
4(1)
Two Meanings of Community
4(4)
The Organized Local Community
8(4)
Who Governs, and to What Ends?
12(14)
Politics, Government, and Democracy
12(4)
Power or Resources?
14(1)
What is the Degree of Structuring in Community Decision Making?
15(1)
Evolution of Community Power Patterns
16(3)
Who Governs in Cities Today?
19(3)
What Can We Conclude?
22(4)
The Legal Authority of Cities: Constraints and Powers
26(12)
Land-Use Control
29(2)
Choosing the Form of Local Government
31(1)
Housekeeping Functions
32(1)
The Newer Uses of Eminent Domain
33(2)
The Impact of Federal and State Regulation on Cities
35(3)
Sources of Local Government Revenues and Their Constraints
38(13)
Revenue Sources
39(5)
The Property Tax
39(1)
``Income'' Tax
39(1)
Sales Tax
40(1)
User Fees
41(1)
Miscellaneous Fees
41(1)
Intergovernmental Transfers
41(1)
Borrowing
42(1)
Gambling and Lotteries
42(2)
Taxation Problems for Municipal Decision Makers
44(7)
The Fairness Problem
44(2)
The Competition Problem
46(1)
The Enforcement Feasibility Problem
47(1)
The Problem of Earmarking
48(1)
The Problem of Preemption and Mandates
48(1)
The Problem of Terms and Conditions of Grants
49(1)
Other Administrative Costs
49(2)
Organized Interests in the Decision-Making Process
51(6)
What is an Organized Interest?
51(1)
Organized Interests Operations
52(5)
Institutional Groups
52(1)
Economic Interest Groups
53(1)
Ad Hoc Groups
54(1)
Culture War Issues
55(2)
Implementing Democracy
57(16)
Policy Initiation
57(3)
Citizen-Initiated Policy Proposals
57(1)
Administration-Initiated Policy Proposals
58(2)
Agenda Setting and the Policy Process
60(2)
Political Recruitment
62(4)
Who Runs?
62(2)
How Are They Selected?
64(2)
Local Government Issues
66(5)
Two Types of Issues
66(1)
The Scale of Issues
67(1)
The Stakes of Issues
68(1)
Citizen Access to Decision Makers
69(1)
Responsiveness of Decision Makers
70(1)
Redistributive Policies
70(1)
Conclusion
71(2)
Forms of Local Government
73(11)
Weak-Mayor and Council Form
75(2)
Strong-Mayor and Council Form
77(2)
Commission Form
79(1)
Council-Manager Form
79(1)
The Strong-Mayor and Council Form versus the Council-Manager Form
80(4)
Land-Use Planning, Planning Departments, and Planning Commissions
84(8)
Land-Use Planning
84(1)
Planning Department
85(2)
Zoning
86(1)
Planning Commission
87(1)
Zoning Enforcement and Change
88(3)
PART TWO Simulating Political Decision Making
Welcome to Camelot
91(1)
Introduction to Simulation
92(5)
Why a Simulation?
92(2)
What to Look for
94(1)
Other Things to Keep in Mind
95(2)
Starting the Simulation
97(10)
How to Use the Materials
97(1)
How to Begin
98(2)
Simulation Time and Real Time
98(1)
The Camelot Daily News
99(1)
The Order of Business in A Sample City Council Meeting
100(1)
Council Meeting: First Session of Simulation, Agenda
101(1)
Planning Commission Meeting: First Session of Simulation, Agenda
101(1)
Council Meeting: Second Session of Simulation, Agenda
102(1)
Planning Commission Meeting: Second Session of Simulation, Agenda
102(1)
How to Run a Meeting
103(1)
Rules of Parliamentary Procedure
103(1)
How to Put a Motion on the Floor
104(1)
How to Get to the Vote on Any Debatable Motion
104(3)
Issues
107(65)
Introduction
107(1)
Resolution of Sympathy
108(1)
The Gay Rights Issue
109(1)
Officer Protection Program Issue
109(3)
Background Information
110(2)
The Beauty Salon Zone Variance Issue
112(1)
The Downtown Hotel Plaza Issue
113(5)
The Budget Issue
118(13)
The Massage Therapy Facility Issue
131(1)
The ``Obscene Photographs'' Issue
132(2)
The Affirmative Action Issue
134(8)
The Legal Setting
134(2)
The Development of Affirmative Action in Camelot
136(6)
The Strip Mall Development Issue
142(4)
The Home for Unmarried Pregnant Teenagers Issue
146(2)
The Topless Bar and Grill Issue
148(3)
The Handgun Registration Issue
151(1)
The Noise Ordinance Issue
152(3)
The Drug Testing Issue
155(1)
The Wildflowers Issue
156(2)
The Private Use of Public Space Issue
158(3)
Background
158(1)
The Simulation
159(1)
The Issues
160(1)
The Couches in the Yards and on the Porches Issue
161(2)
The Curfew Issue
163(1)
The Rights of a Homeowner Issue: Home Decoration
164(3)
Zoning Appeals Board Issues
167(5)
The Carport Variance Request
168(1)
The Art Sale from the R-2 Home Variance Request
168(1)
``The Sideyard or Backyard?''
169(3)
Reference Materials
172(14)
Camelot: Basic Data
172(1)
Population
172(1)
Economics in Camelot
173(1)
Camelot: Area Descriptions
173(4)
Camelot Heights
173(1)
The Central Business District (CBD)
174(1)
College Town
174(1)
Crown Knolls
174(1)
Forest Acres
175(1)
Madisonville
175(1)
North Madisonville
175(1)
River Town
176(1)
University Park
176(1)
Camelot Acres
176(1)
South Ridge
177(1)
The Charter
177(5)
The Charter of the City of Camelot
178(1)
Preamble
178(1)
Article I. Incorporation, Form of Government, Powers
178(1)
Article II. The Council
178(1)
Article III. Ordinances and Resolutions
179(1)
Article IV. City Manager
179(1)
Article V. Taxation and Borrowing
180(1)
Article VI. Boards and Commissions
180(1)
Article VII. Initiative, Referendum, and Recall
181(1)
Article VIII. General Provisions
181(1)
Zoning Regulations and Land Use
182(2)
Camelot Zoning Regulations
183(1)
The ``Sunshine Law''
184(2)
Elections
186(3)
Election Procedures---City of Camelot
186(1)
City of Camelot Sample Nominating Petition
187(2)
Role Descriptions, Settings, and Lists of Duties
189(28)
How to Use the Role Descriptions
189(1)
Camelot City Government and Lists of Duties of Some of its Officers
189(22)
The Mayor
189(1)
The Council, City Manager, and Assistant Manager
190(5)
The Planning Commission
195(3)
The Newspaper Roles
198(1)
Involved Citizens
199(12)
Role Request
211(2)
City of Camelot Nominating Petition
213(2)
Your Evaluation of Camelot
215(2)
Topical Bibliographies 217(4)
Index 221(19)
Quick Reference Page 240


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