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:
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