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Political Change in the Metropolis

8th Edition

By Ronald Vogel, John Harrigan


400 pages

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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

About the Authors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration