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'Governing Montana at the Grass Roots' publication released

January 13, 2010

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Ken Weaver, founder and former director of the Montana State University Local Government Center and Paul Lachapelle, professor and Extension community development specialist at MSU, have released the third edition of "Governing Montana at the Grass Roots: Local Government Structure, Process and Politics."

The updated book, based on 2009 legislation, is the first that deals exclusively with municipal and county government in the Big Sky State. The authors examine the architecture, politics and needed reforms of Montana's local governments within the context of the American federal system and within the constitutional framework of Montana state government.

The book also includes an analysis of the Montana political system as it enters the 21st century and a detailed description of how local politics shape the policy decisions of county and municipal officials.

Other chapters detail local taxes and finances, typical functions of county and municipal governments and special districts, community development strategies and self-government powers. The U.S. Constitution and the Montana State Constitution are also included.

The book can be ordered from MSU Extension's Distribution Center. Its price is $15, which includes shipping and handling. Request item number EB0192.