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8th Edition

Political Change in the Metropolis

ISBN 9780321202284
Published June 24, 2006 by Routledge
400 Pages

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Book Description

This popular text has been thoroughly updated and revised to sharpen the focus on its 'bias and change' theme, include the latest data/studies informing the field, and cover important new topics (e.g., flood disaster in New Orleans).

Political Change in the Metropolis, Eighth Edition, continues to focus on the political changes that have taken place in American cities and the reactions of urban scholars to them. In addition to offering scholarly perspectives, the text offers students a theoretical framework for interpreting these changing events for themselves. This framework analyzes the patterns of bias inherent in the organization and operation of urban politics, giving students an in-depth look at the fascinating and constantly changing face of urban politics.


  • Accessible writing style engages students in the material.
  • Provides excellent coverage of the impact of immigrants and ethnic groups in the making of the American city.
  • An abundance of historical material helps students better understand the origins and development of urban politics and structures.
  • Case studies throughout the text give students an opportunity to apply important material.
  • The text exposes students to first-rate discussions of political phenomena and empirical literature on those phenomena.

Table of Contents

Preface  Part One - Metropolitan Cities in the 21st Century  Chapter 1- 21st Century Cities and Challenge of Urban Governance  Chapter 2- The Emergence of Metropolitan America  Part Two- The Ethnic and Racial Base of Politics  Chapter 3- Ethnic-Based Politics in the City  Chapter 4- Machine Politics and Reform  Part Three- Politics in the Contemporary City  Chapter 5- The City as a Place of Opportunity: The Politics of Racial and Social Change  Chapter 6- The City as a Place of Opportunity: The Changing Urban Political Economy  Chapter 7- Community Power and Leadership  Part Four- Suburbia and the Multicentered Metropolis  Chapter 8- Urban Sprawl  Chapter 9- Metropolitan Government  Chapter 10- The New Regionalism: Taking "Metropolitan Governance Without Government" Seriously  Part Five- Toward an Urban Policy  Chapter 11- National Urban Policy  Chapter 12- Political Change in the Metropolis of the Future  Credits  Index

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Ronald K. Vogel is Professor of Political Science and Urban & Public Affairs and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville.

John Harrigan is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Hamline University.