10th Edition

City Politics
The Political Economy of Urban America

ISBN 9781138055230
Published September 6, 2018 by Routledge
480 Pages 13 Color Illustrations

USD $105.00

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Book Description

Praised 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 – City Politics remains a classic study of urban politics.  Its 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.  Now in a thoroughly revised tenth edition, this comprehensive resource for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as well-established researchers in the discipline, retains the effective structure of past editions while offering important updates, including:

  • All-new sections on immigration, the Black Lives Matter Movement, the downtown condo boom, and the impact of the sharing economy on urban neighborhoods (especially the rise of Airbnb).
  • Individual chapters introducing students to pressing urban issues such as gentrification, sustainability, metropolitanization, urban crises, the creative class, shrinking cities, racial politics, and suburbanization.
  • The most recent census data integrated throughout to provide current figures for analysis, discussion, and a more nuanced understanding of current trends.

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 US over time – for a new generation of students and researchers.

Table of Contents


1. City Politics in America: An Introduction

Part 1. The Origins of American Urban Politics: The First Century

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

Part 2. The Urban Crisis of the Twentieth Century

6. The City/Suburban Divide

7. National Policy and the City/Suburban Divide

8. Federal Programs and the Divisive Politics of Race

9. The Rise of the Sunbelt

Part 3. The Fractured Metropolis

10. The Rise of the Fragmented Metropolis

11. Governing the Fragmented Metropolis

12. The Metropolitan Battleground

13. The Renaissance of the Metropolitan Center

14. Governing the Divided City

15. City and Metropolis in the Global Era

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Dennis R. Judd is Professor and Acting Head of the Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA.

Annika Marlen Hinze is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Urban Studies Program at Fordham University, USA.


"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