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Urban Politics

Cities and Suburbs in a Global Age, 9th Edition

By Myron Levine


412 pages

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This popular text mixes classic theory and research on urban politics with the most recent developments and data in urban and metropolitan affairs. Its balanced and realistic approach helps students understand the nature of urban politics and the difficulty of finding effective "solutions" in a suburban and global age.

The ninth edition has been thoroughly rewritten and updated with a continued focus on economic development and race, plus renewed attention to globalization, gentrification, and changing demographics. Boxed case studies of prominent recent and current urban development efforts provide material for class discussion, and concluding material demonstrates the tradeoff between more "ideal" and more "pragmatic" urban politics.

Key changes in this edition include:

  • Every chapter has been thoroughly updated and rewritten. The Ninth Edition reflects the most current census data and the newest trends in such areas as the "new immigration," suburbanization, gentrification, and big-city revivals;
  • There is coverage of the big-city pension crisis and politics in Stockton, Detroit, and other cities facing possible bankruptcy;
  • A brand-new opening chapter introduces the concepts of the Global City, the Entertainment City, and the Bankrupt City;
  • New photos and boxes appear throughout the book;
  • Increased coverage of policies for sustainable urban development.

Table of Contents

1. The Urban Situation: Global City, Tourist City, Bankrupt City

2. The Evolution of Cities and Suburbs

3. Recent Trends: Gentrification and Globalization

4. Who Has the Power? Decision Making, Economic Development, and Urban Regimes

5. Formal Structure and Leadership Style

6. The Machine, Reform, and Postreform City

7. Citizen Participation

8. Improving Urban Services

9. A Suburban Nation

10. Regional Governance in a Global Age

11. The Intergovernmental City: State and National Policy

12. The Future of Urban America

About the Author

Myron A. Levine is Professor in the Department of Urban Affairs and Geography at Wright State University, USA. In addition to authoring Urban Politics, Dr. Levine is the editor of two volumes, Annual Editions: Urban Society and Taking Sides: Urban Affairs. His writings have appeared in various journals, including the Urban Affairs Review and the Journal of Urban Affairs. His research focuses on national urban policy, urban revitalization, and efforts at regionalism and local government collaboration. He has received NEH and NSF awards to study and teach in France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Latvia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Local
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban