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CAMELOT: A ROLE PLAYING SIMULATION is an extremely successful and useful tool that introduces students to 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.
1. Local Government: Why Study It?
2. Who Governs, and to What Ends?
3. The Legal Authority of Cities: Constraints and Powers.
4. Sources of Local Government Revenues and Their Constraints.
5. Organized Interests in the Decision-Making Process.
6. Implementing Democracy.
7. Forms of Local Government.
8. Land-Use Planning, Planning Departments, and Planning Commissions.
9. Introduction to Simulation.
10. Starting the Simulation.
12. Reference Materials.
14. Role Descriptions, Settings, and Lists of Duties.