James M. Banovetz

James Banovetz received his M.A.P.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota. An honorary member of the International City Management Association, he founded NIU's Center for Governmental Studies, established the university's Master of Public Administration program, chaired the Department of Political Science during 1972-79 and directed the Division of Public Administration from 1979-98. He is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and has been president of Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honorary society in public administration. He has held leadership positions in the American Society for Public Administration and the National Association for Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and has served on the editorial boards of Public Administration Review, Illinois Issues and other journals. He has drafted forms of government for a number of Illinois cities, and served as a consultant to national, state, and local government agencies and university graduate programs in public administration. He is currently editing the policy newsletter, Policy Profiles. His current research focuses on local government management problems, local government form and structure and Illinois' system of home rule.

Areas of Expertise

  • Public administration
  • Local government management
  • American government

Selected Publications

Managing Local Government Human Resources, ICMA, 1998.

Managing Local Government: Cases in Decision Making, ICMA, 1990, 1998.

Managing Local Government Finance: Cases in Decision Making, ICMA, 1996.

"Reinventing Government." Lecture delivered at Government House, the office of the Prime Minister of Thailand, February, 1995.

Managing Small Cities and Counties: A Practical Guide, Co-editor; ICMA, 1994.

Governing Illinois, (co-editor) Sangamon State University, 1991, 1999.

Home Rule in Illinois: Image and Reality, Sangamon State University, 1987.

"Council-Manager Government's Response to Economic Development Pressures," in Ideal and Practice in Council-Manager Government, George Frederickson (Ed.), ICMA, 1989, 1995.

"Illinois Home Rule and Taxation: A New Approach to Local Government Enabling Authority," Northern Illinois Law Review, 1988.

"Taxation, Service Delivery, and Governmental Capacity," in State of the Region, Metropolitan Planning Council, 1988.

"The Local Government Article of the 1970 Constitution: (with Ann M. Elder), Illinois Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation, 1987.

"Building a Bridge from Academe to City Hall," Scholarly Publishing, 1986.

James M. Banovetz

Professor and Director Emeritus


Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Curriculum Vitae

James M. and Audrey M. Banovetz Fellowship

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