Local Politics Matters: A Citizen's Guide to Making a Difference. "It feels like politics counts more today than it ever has. At the same time, people are frustrated by 'the mess in Washington' or think 'I can't make a difference.' 'Local Politics Matters' shows a way out: a chance for everyday people to feed their hunger for political action while having a positive impact. Richard Meagher, a professor political science, takes the knowledge that scholars have gathered from half a century of studying local politics, and translates it into clear action steps for citizens. In a time where people are seeing how important their state and local governments are on matters of policing, public health, and housing, 'Local Politics Matters' is a book for readers who want to make a difference."