Here is a book that makes sense of the L.A. riots, homelessness, tax giveaways, and the other big urban issues that are back in the national spotlight. In this streamlined and updated new edition of his classic book, The Dependent City, Paul Kantor now focuses on economic development and social welfare policies to reveal the key dilemmas of American urban politics. Returning to a political economy theme, Kantor explores how city governments have struggled to escape and accommodate the reality of their economic dependency in the policies that they've pursued. Revisiting cities across the nation, Kantor finds not only that they have become more dependent but also that the character of this dependency has changed and deepened. Exploring local regimes in the Frostbelt and Sunbelt and in suburbia, he finds that they frequently act more like captives of big business rather than as representatives of citizens. Local attempts to promote social justice increasingly run up against a wall of economic dependency created by federal policies and business power. This book signals how American cities can find ways of overcoming this dependency by working together with states and the federal government to promote healthy, democratic urban politics. The Dependent City Revisited is an accessible, provocative supplement for a wide variety of courses in urban studies and political economy as well as stimulating reading for anyone who is interested in understanding America's urban mosaic.
Preface -- The Dependent City and Urban Politics -- The Emergence of the Dependent City: Mercantile Democracy -- Industrial Democracy: The Independent City -- The Postindustrial Political Economy: The New Dependent City -- Urban Entrepreneurship: The Mainstream of Community Development -- The Politics of Decline and Conversion: Central Cities -- Growth and Dependency: The Politics of Suburbia and the Sunbelt -- The Governmentalization of Inequality -- Can Dependent Cities Redistribute? -- The Future of the Dependent City