8th Edition

American Urban Politics in a Global Age

Edited By Annika Marlen Hinze, James M. Smith Copyright 2024
    502 Pages 3 Color & 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    502 Pages 3 Color & 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    502 Pages 3 Color & 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Bringing together a selection of readings that represent some of the most important trends and topics in urban scholarship today, American Urban Politics in a Global Age provides historical context and contemporary commentaries on the economy, politics, culture, and identity of American cities. The eighth edition of this well-rounded and popular urban politics reader maintains the wide variety of reading selections it is known for, as well as many “classics,” while adapting to current events and developments in urban politics, and engaging cities in a post-pandemic world. All-new readings and important editorial commentary include:

    • Recent political debates about policing, race, and ethnicity in the urban environment
    • The impact of climate change on cities, and their roles in mitigating it, as well as preparing for it
    • A discussion of gender politics in post-Trump American cities
    • A reflection on the increasing importance of private players in city- and metro-politics, from implications for governance, to the growing corporate aspect of smart city initiatives, designed to help urban governments provide important services across cities and metropolitan regions; and
    • An examination of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact on cities, from the initial, devastating outbreak in New York City in March 2020, to recurring shutdowns, life, urban development, and social polarization post-COVID

    American Urban Politics in a Global Age remains an approachable scholarly resource for undergraduate and graduate classrooms, as well as a general, wide-ranging scholarly overview of the most important aspects of the field for researchers. It may be taught alongside City Politics: Cities and Suburbs in 21st Century America.



    Editors’ Introductory Essay


    Part I: Governance and Political Economy


    1. The Pillars of American Urban Scholarship in a Global Age


    Editors’ Introduction


    Selection 1  All Politics is Local: The Reemergence of the Study of City Politics

    Jessica Trounstine


    Selection 2  The Interests of the Limited City

    Paul E. Peterson


    Selection 3  The Future of Urban Regime Studies

    Clarence N. Stone


    Selection 4  Why History (Still) Matters: Time and Temporality in Urban Political Analysis

    Joel Rast


    2. The Politics of Urban Economic Development in a New Era


    Editors’ Introduction


    Selection 5  Techs and the Cities: A New Economic Development Paradigm?

    Gary Sands, Pierre Filion and Laura A. Reese


    Selection 6  Can Politicians Bargain with Business?

    Paul Kantor and H. V. Savitch


    Selection 7  “Re-Stating” Theories of Urban Development

    James M. Smith


    3. Public Power and Private Influence in Contemporary Cities


    Editors’ Introduction


    Selection 8  The Mauling of Public Space

    Margaret Kohn


    Selection 9  Beyond Community and Sharing: The Case of Airbnb in New York City

    Katharina Knaus and Peer Illner


    Selection 10  What Are Charter Schools and Do They Deliver?

    Jon Valant


    Part II: The Challenges of Governing the Divided Metropolis


    4. Governing Factional Polities in America’s Urban Centers


    Editors’ Introduction


    Selection 11  Immigrants and Politics in San Francisco

    Els de Graauw


    Selection 12  White Power, Black Brokers

    Mary Pattillo


    Selection 13  A Descriptive Analysis of Female Mayors: The U.S. and Texas in Comparative Perspective

    Melissa Marschall


    5. Urban Resilience, Sustainability, and Climate Change


    Editors’ Introduction


    Selection 14  Is Detroit Dead?

    Peter Eisinger


    Selection 15  Do-It-Yourself Cities

    Kimberley Kinder


    Selection 16  Air Conditioning Will Not Save Us

    Eric Dean Wilson


    Selection 17  A Battle Between a Great City and a Great Lake: The Climate Crisis Haunts Chicago’s Future

    Dan Egan


    Selection 18  Civil Society and Sustainable Cities

    Kent E. Portney and Jeffrey Berry


    6. Governance, Gentrification, and Neighborhoods


    Editors’ Introduction


    Selection 19  What is Wrong with Gentrification?

    Margaret Kohn


    Selection 20  Gentrifier? Who, Me? Interrogating the Gentrifier in the Mirror

    John Joe Schlichtman and Jason Patch


    Part III: Crises and Ways Forward


    7. The Year 2020 and Its Aftermath


    Editors’ Introduction


    Selection 21  The Epicenter

    Dan Barry, Annie Correal and Todd Heisler


    Selection 22  Structurally Vulnerable Neighborhood Environments and Racial/Ethnic COVID-19 Inequities

    Rachel L. Berkowitz, Xing Gao, Eli K. Michaels and Mahasin S. Mujahid


    Selection 23  COVID-19 Cases in New York City, a Neighborhood-Level Analysis

    The Stoop, NYU Furman Center Blog


    Selection 24  Where Do Black Lives Matter? Race, Stigma, and Place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Jenna M. Loyd and Anne Bonds


    8. Cities in Control? Finding Solutions to Broad Issues


    Editors’ Introduction


    Selection 25  5 Ways Cities Led in Pandemic Recovery

    Lindsey Volz


    Selection 26  New Data Reveal Most Populous Cities Experienced Some of the Largest Decreases

    Amel Toukabri and Crystal Delbé


    Selection 27  Big Cities Aren’t Dividing America. They Hold the Key to Our Collective Future

    Amy Liu and Alan Berube


    Selection 28  If Mayors Ruled the World: Why They Should and How They Already Do

    Benjamin R. Barber



    Annika Marlen Hinze is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of Urban Studies at Fordham University, USA. Her research and teaching focus on urban politics, identity politics, immigration, qualitative and mixed methods research, and gender politics in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Turkey.

    James M. Smith is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Master of Public Affairs program at Indiana University South Bend, USA. His research focuses on urban governance and institutions in U.S. cities, and he teaches courses in the Political Science Department focused on American political institutions, and in the Master of Public Affairs program on urban planning and public policy.