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11th Edition

City Politics
Cities and Suburbs in 21st Century America

ISBN 9781032006352
Published July 12, 2022 by Routledge
524 Pages 14 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

City Politics has received praise for the clarity of its writing, careful research, and distinctive theme – that urban politics in the United States has evolved as a dynamic interaction between governmental power, private actors, and a politics of identity.

The book’s enduring appeal lies in its persuasive explanation, careful attention to historical detail, and accessible and elegant way of teaching the complexity and breadth of urban and regional politics which unfold at the intersection of spatial, cultural, economic, and policy dynamics. This 11th edition has been thoroughly updated while retaining the popular structure of past editions.

Key updates include:

• Individual chapters introducing students to pressing urban issues such as race and racism, gentrification, sustainability and the environment, urban crises, shrinking cities, immigration, and suburbanization, political polarization, and the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on cities

• The most recent census data integrated throughout to provide current figures for analysis, discussion, and a more nuanced understanding of current trends.

• The effects of the events of 2020 on cities – namely the Coronavirus pandemic; the murder of George Floyd and its aftermath, and the growth of the Black Lives Matter Movement; and the U.S. presidential election in November

• The new and present challenges of the climate crisis, and its growing significance for cities.

Taught on its own, or supplemented with the optional reader American Urban Politics in a Global Age for more advanced readers, City Politics remains the definitive text on urban politics – and how they have evolved in the United States over time. This is a comprehensive resource for a new generation of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as established researchers in the discipline.

This book is accompanied by Support Material online:

Table of Contents

1. City Politics in America: An Introduction


2. The Enduring Legacy

3. Party Machines and the Immigrants

4. The Reform Crusades

5. Urban Voters and the Rise of a National Democratic Majority


6. Federal Policy, Race, and the Emerging Urban/Suburban Divide

7. Federal Programs, the Democrats, and the Politics of Racism

8. Federal Programs and the Divisive Politics of Race

9. Changing Demographics: The Rise of the Sunbelt, the Changing Suburbs, and the Emerging "Rural-Urban Divide"


10. The Changing Metropolis

11. Economic and Fiscal Realities of the Metropolitan Mosaic

12. Cities and the Challenges of Climate Change

13. Governing the Divided Metropolis

14. Epilogue: Cities After the Year 2020: A Year of Upheaval, Reckoning, and Change

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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, the politics of immigration, qualitative methods, urban economic development, poverty, and minority politics in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Turkey.

Dennis R. Judd is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA. For many years he has been a leading contributor to the literature on urban political economy, urban economic development, national urban policy, and urban revitalization. Over the last four decades he has brought his urban politics research together in his pioneering textbook, City Politics, and he has published pioneering research on urban tourism.


Praise for the 11th edition:

"This new edition of City Politics continues the masterful weaving together of urban history and contemporary urban challenges that set previous editions apart from other texts. Hinze and Judd present a compelling story of how history shapes the basic contours of urban governance and the urban experience. The politics of growth, governance, and metropolitan fragmentation provide important themes that tie together the urban political experience. With current examples throughout, this book provides students an invaluable lens to better understand urban America in a world driven by private power, growing inequalities, and intergovernmental tensions."

John Portz, Northeastern University, USA

Praise for the 10th edition:

"The 10th edition of City Politics is a masterful continuation and expansion of the premier textbook about the evolution and contemporary state of urban America. Judd and Hinze vividly capture the changing interplay of private power, public action, and group identity in the development of the nation’s cities and suburbs. This edition’s well-crafted chapters bring urban politics to life in ways that enable students as well as advanced readers to understand the past and to appreciate the complexity of current issues dividing America today. It is a winner – again!"

Paul Kantor, Fordham University, USA

"City Politics is an indispensable textbook on urban politics in America. American cities are characterized by remarkable economic dynamism, but also by deep social divisions. Taking a historical approach, the book clearly shows how politics has shaped and reproduced these enduring hallmarks of the American city. With lively, accessible writing and thorough treatment of key current issues, this text is perfectly suited for a wide range of introductory urban studies courses."

Martin Horak, University of Western Ontario, Canada

"In this important new edition of City Politics, Judd and Hinze assemble an interdisciplinary group of scholars who contextualize the historical importance and current day realities of urban centers in America. In doing so, they assist us in better understanding the local constraints, varying waves of immigration, the ebb and flow of city fortunes, resurging racial tensions, and the effects of deindustrialization and globalization processes. City Politics also helps us process the complex relationship between local, state, and federal institutions and their effects on the lives of ordinary citizens. As growing inequality continues to affect so many facets of American life and its citizenry, City Politics continues to be a necessary text for a broad audience interested in solutions to ingrained inequities."

Christina Greer, Fordham University, USA