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The Urban Politics Reader

1st Edition

Edited by Elizabeth Strom, John H. Mollenkopf


368 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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The Urban Politics Reader draws together classic and contemporary writings that best illuminate the basic questions of urban politics – how interests contend for power over the distribution of resources and why some win while others lose. Contributions from Martin Shefter, Clarence Stone, Rufus P. Browning and Saskia Sassen are included among the thirty-two generous selections.

The Reader juxtaposes the main theoretical approaches to urban power with vivid accounts of actual political experiences on such key themes as the urban crisis, the politics of race, ethnicity and gender, national urban policy, suburbanization and globalization. Strom and Mollenkopf illustrate how thinking about cities is central to our understanding of democracy and citizenship, and how although the parties to urban politics may change over time, the struggle of new groups to gain access and representation is a constant theme.

The Editors' introductions suggest topics and questions for class discussion, demonstrate the significance of urban politics, and suggest directions for further reading and thinking, while the associated bibliography enables deeper investigations. By drawing together important but widely dispersed writings, The Urban Politics Reader provides an essential resource for students of urban politics. The volume will also have widespread appeal for students of urban sociology, urban affairs, urban planning and public policy.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: The Social and Economic Context of Urban Politics A Top 10 List of Things to Know About American CitiesElvin K. Wyly, Norman J. Glickman, and Michael L. Lahr. Poverty, Social Rights, and the Politics of Place in the United States Margaret Weir. Overview and Economic Restructuring as Class and Spatial Polarization Saskia Sassen. Social Polarisation, Economic Restructuring and Welfare State Regimes Chris R. Hamnett Part 2: The Roots of Urban Politics Tammany Hall and the Democracy Richard Croker. The Ward Organizations Milton Rakove. Why Political Machines have not Withered Away and Other Revisionist Thoughts Raymond E. Wolfinger. Writing the Rules to Win the Game: The Middle-Class Regimes of Municipal Reformers Amy Bridges and Richard Kronick. Resistance from Outside: Machine Politics and the (Non) Incorporation of ImmigrantsMichael Jones-Correa Part 3: Understanding Urban Power How to Study Urban Political Power John H. Mollenkopf. Who Governs? Robert A. Dahl. The Interests of the Limited CityPaul E. Peterson. Looking Back to Look Forward: Reflections on Urban Regime Analysis Clarence Stone. In Search of the Growth Coalition: American Urban Theories and the Redevelopment of Berlin Elizabeth Strom Part 4: The Political Economy of Cities and Communities The Postwar Politics of Urban Development John Mollenkopf. The Political Economy of Urban Fiscal Crises Martin Shefter.The Political Economy of Urban Regimes H.V. Savitch, Paul Kantor, and Selena Vicari.Congress Threatens to Leave D.C. Unless New Capitol is Built 'The Onion' Community Empowerment Strategies: The Limits and Potential of Organizing in Low Income Neighborhoods Peter Dreier. Gender, Development and Urban Social Change: Women’s Community Action in Global Cities Amy Lind Part 5: The Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Gender Has Political Incorporation Been Achieved?: Is it Enough? Rufus P. Browning, Dale Rogers Marshall, and David H. Tabb. Demobilization in the New Black Political Regime: Ideological Capitulation and Radical Failure in the Post-Segregation Era Adolph Reed. Black, White and Blurred Rob Gurwit. Wanting In: Latin American Immigrant Women and the Turn to Electoral Politics Michael Jones-Correa. Ethnic Stability and Urban Reconstruction: Policy Dilemmas in Polarized Cities Scott Bollens Part 6: Cities, Regions and Nations Swimming against the Tide: A Brief History of Federal Policy in Poor Communities Alice O’Connor. The Urban Electorate in Presidential Elections Richard Sauerkopf and Todd Swanstrom. Urban Sacrifice Buzz Bissinger. Regionalisms Old and New Peter Dreier, John Mollenkopf and Todd Swanstrom.Are Europe’s Cities Better? Pietro Nivola. The American City in the Age of Terror Peter Eisinger.A Progressive Agenda for Metropolitan America Bruce Katz

About the Series

Routledge Urban Reader Series

This exciting series responds to the need for comprehensive coverage of the classic and essential texts that form the basis of intellectual work in the various academic disciplines and professional fields concerned with cities. The readers focus on the key topics encountered by undergraduates, graduates and scholars in urban studies and allied fields, the contributions of major theoreticians and practitioners and other individuals, groups and organizations that study the city or practise in a field that affects the city.
As well as drawing together the best of classic and contemporary writings on the city, each reader features extensive general, section and selection introductions prepared by the volume editors to place the selections in context, illustrate relations among topics, provide information on the author and point readers towards additional related biographic material.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban