Governance & Leadership;
The Political Handbook
for Small and Local Government Operations
"Surgo ut Prosim"
[Latin] "I rise that I might serve."
This work is patterned after the highly-acclaimed Political Handbook for Student Government Operations.
"The Political Science Shelf*
Governance & Leadership; The Political Handbook For Small And Local Government Operations
Douglas C. Landa & Henry C. Landa
The Film Instruction Company of America
5928 West Michigan Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
0931974305, $49.50, [soft cover, sewn binding]
0931974313, $79.50, [library hardcover]
There are a lot of ‘how to’ books on getting elected [to] political office, but very few (if any!)
instruction books on how to effectively govern after being elected or appointed to a
responsible political position -- especially in local government. That’s why “The Political
Handbook For Small And Local Government Operations” by Douglas C. Landa and Henry C.
Landa will prove to be welcome reading for anyone who finds themselves with newly elected
“The Political Handbook For Small And Local Government Operations” is an
instruction manual on how to become organized and efficient; offers a wealth of ‘tips, tricks &
techniques’ with respect to being a candidate and running for office; provides basic
information relevant to leadership and management; keeping informed and up-to-date through
self-study, as well as the value of self-improvement. Of special note is the emphasis on what
positions in a political or governmental systems should descriptively be.
Thoroughly ‘user friendly’, comprehensive, informed and informative, “The Political Handbook For Small And Local Government Operations” should be considered a ‘must’ for anyone aspiring to (or newly elected to) governmental responsibility in any and all areas of local governmental service.
*Transcribed verbatim in its entirety from the Midwest Book Review website (circa August 2012).
Table of Contents
PHB/ Small & Local Govt. Opns.
(512 pages, 8.5 x 11 inch format, soft cover, sewn binding)
Justification: Why this Book Exists and How to Use It,
The Game; Playing the Game of Politics ... Is it a Game?
What is Local Government?
The Credible Candidate
Candidacy and Campaigning
Intelligence, Espionage, and Dirty Tricks
The Campaign Speech
Principles of Management
Management vs. Leadership
Conduct of Meetings
Budgets and the Budgeting Process
Auditing and Audits
Committees: Organization & Operations
Presentation: the Art, Science, & Technique of Getting Your Idea Across
Problem Solving Procedure: a Management Tool
Benchmarks & Benchmarking
Administration and Bureaucracy
Administration: What is It?
Some General Rules of Personal Administrative Performance
Bureaucracy: What is It?
On Being an Administrator and Bureaucrat: Improving the Bureaucracy
The Bureaucracy: Behavior and Management
The Laws of Delay
Checklists and Protocols
The Importance of the Format
Personal Action: Self-Study and Self-Improvement
Self-Taught, the Autodidact
Sources of self-help
A program for self-improvement
The Training of Managers, Supervisors, and Staff in the Conduct of On-the-Job-Training
Personal Learning Strategy - a review of things forgotten;of things useful to learning;
andgetting the most out of training
Steps in a Program of Self-help
Credentials, Certifications, and Licenses
Self-Promotion or the Gentle Art [& sometimes brash act] of Hyping Oneself]
Offices and Officers
Offices & Officers, Introduction of Positions, Qualifications, Duties, and Detail
President or Chairperson
Vice President or Vice Chairperson
Recording Secretary, Recorder, or Recording Officer
Executive Secretary, Executive Director
Managers; a.k.a. Chairpersons of Service Units
Facilities Committee Chairperson
Finance Committee Chairperson
Miscellaneous Positions and Functionaries
Captains: District, Precinct
Information Director, Public Information Officer
Transition Team Leader
Auditor, ex officio and designated
Election Commissioner and Observer
Canvass / Sweep Manager
Intelligence Chief / Officer
Chief of Staff
Eight Questions (of Governance)
Charisma & Charismatic Leadership
Leadership Characteristics (a survey of authors)
Span of Management
Joiner, On Being a
News Release Example
The Political Base
Fusion Ticket: an Advanced Concept in Forming a Winning Full Slate and Requiring Intelligence, Planning and Bargaining
Campaign Theme and
Splintered Authority and Split Executive
Bargaining, Negotiating, and Compromise
Holding Court: “Gettin’ to Know You”; “Doin’ Lunch”
Open Meeting, The : Concept, Use & Opportunity
Partying - a Variety of Viewpoints
Personal Habits and Care; Working on the Total Image
The Activities of Supervisors and Managers: An Analytic Approach
Meeting Procedures for Executive Councils, Cabinets
Transition: Coming In; Going Out
The Management / Productivity Triad and Systemic Rules
Rules of Order
The Executive Order: an expedient requiring careful control
E-Communication: E-mail, the Internet, & Websites
Webmastering the Details of a Campaign Website
Webmastering the Details of a Local Government Website
Rules of Organization
Ballot Design and Sample
Charter: the Authorization to Exist and Function.
The Library: Personal, Department, & Public Organizational
Mathematical Modeling a Campaign; an Exercise in Political Science and in Estimating the Probability (Chance) of Success
Cost Analysis for a Campaign
Proxy & Proxy Votes: Theory & Applications
Setting the Agenda: the executive challenge, test of leadership & promotion of the vision,
Preemption; the Preemptive Strike; “Gettin’ thar fust!”
The Mission Statement
Product Information Manual
Titles: “What’s in a Name?”(And, There are a Lot of ‘em.)
A q & q: Quotable & Quotations
R: Readings and References
Reading of Interest and Value
Price: $49.50 postpaid Soft cover, ISBN 0-931974-30-5
$79.50 postpaid Hardcover, Library binding, ISBN 0-931974-31-3*
How to Order Send check or money
order made out to "FICOA" and send to:
5928 W. Michigan St.
Wauwatosa, WI 53213-4248 [Wauwatosa is a close-in suburb of Milwaukee.]
Books purchased directly from the publisher (FICOA) carry a money-back guarantee:
"Guarantee: If The Political Handbook for Small & Local Government Operations does not fulfill your needs or expectations, FICOA will refund the purchase price provided the book is returned within ten (10) days of receipt and in good condition."
*There will be a delivery delay for the hardcover version since the last local book bindery has gone out of business. We are forced to hand-bind the hardcover version ourselves.
Contact Us at: FICOA, 5928 W. Michigan St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213-4248
suggestion: write it down & then use it).
*Do not click on this e-mail address since it has some gibberish attached to confound the "SPAM ROBOTS" which march across the Internet vacuuming up e-mail addresses; Use it as you see it (
phone: (414) 258 - 6492 ... ask for Hank