The Urban Politics Reader by Elizabeth StromThe Urban Politics Reader by Elizabeth Strom

The Urban Politics Reader

EditorElizabeth Strom, John H. Mollenkopf

Paperback | October 30, 2006

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The Urban Politics Readerdraws 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.

TheReaderjuxtaposes 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 Readerprovides 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.

Title:The Urban Politics ReaderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:354 pages, 9.6 × 7.4 × 1 inPublished:October 30, 2006Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:041531996X

ISBN - 13:9780415319966


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 StatesMargaret Weir. Overview and Economic Restructuring as Class and Spatial PolarizationSaskia Sassen. Social Polarisation, Economic Restructuring and Welfare State Regimes Chris R. Hamnett Part 2:The Roots of Urban Politics Tammany Hall and the DemocracyRichard Croker. The Ward OrganizationsMilton Rakove.  Why Political Machines have not Withered Away and Other Revisionist ThoughtsRaymond E. Wolfinger. Writing the Rules to Win the Game: The Middle-Class Regimes of Municipal ReformersAmy 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 PowerJohn H. Mollenkopf.  Who Governs?Robert A. Dahl.The Interests of the Limited CityPaul E. Peterson. Looking Back to Look Forward: Reflections on Urban Regime AnalysisClarence Stone. In Search of the Growth Coalition: American Urban Theories and the Redevelopment of BerlinElizabeth Strom Part 4:The Political Economy of Cities and Communities  The Postwar Politics of Urban DevelopmentJohn Mollenkopf. The Political Economy of Urban Fiscal CrisesMartin Shefter. The Political Economy of Urban RegimesH.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 NeighborhoodsPeter Dreier.  Gender, Development and Urban Social Change: Women's Community Action in Global CitiesAmy 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 EraAdolph Reed. Black, White and Blurred Rob Gurwit.  Wanting In: Latin American Immigrant Women and the Turn to Electoral PoliticsMichael Jones-Correa.  Ethnic Stability and Urban Reconstruction: Policy Dilemmas in Polarized CitiesScott Bollens  Part 6: Cities, Regions and Nations  Swimming against the Tide: A Brief History of Federal Policy in Poor CommunitiesAlice O'Connor.  The Urban Electorate in Presidential ElectionsRichard Sauerkopf and Todd Swanstrom.  Urban SacrificeBuzz Bissinger. Regionalisms Old and NewPeter Dreier, John Mollenkopf and Todd Swanstrom. Are Europe's Cities Better?Pietro Nivola. The American City in the Age of TerrorPeter Eisinger. A Progressive Agenda for Metropolitan AmericaBruce Katz