County and Municipal Government in North Carolina, Second Edition, 2014 (E-book)

An Overview of Local Government

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County and Municipal Government in North Carolina

The Primacy of State Government / 4
The Current System of Local Government / 5
County and City Governments / 5
Geographic Extent / 6
Authorized Activities / 7
Mandated Activities / 7
Governmental Structure / 7
Partisan versus Nonpartisan / 8
Other Types of Local Governments / 8
School Administrative Units / 8
Special Districts and Authorities / 8
Townships / 8
A Brief History of Local Government in North Carolina / 9
Colonial Times through the Civil War / 9
Counties / 9
Cities / 9
Local Government from 1868 until 1900 / 9
Cities and Counties in the Twentieth and
Early Twenty-First Centuries / 10
From 1900 through World War II / 10
1945 to the Present / 10
North Carolina Local Government in the National Context / 11
Summary / 13
Additional Resources / 13
About the Author / 14