Urban Politics by Bernard H. Ross,Myron A. Levine

Urban Politics
  • Title : Urban Politics
  • Author : Bernard H. Ross,Myron A. Levine
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1317452755
  • Pages : 356
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  • Language : English
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This popular text mixes the best classic theory and research on urban politics with the most recent developments in urban and metropolitan affairs. Its very balanced and realistic approach helps students to understand the nature of urban politics and the difficulty of finding effective solutions in a suburban and global age. The eighth edition provides a comprehensive review and analysis of urban policy under the Obama administration and brand new coverage of sustainable urban development. A new chapter on globalization and its impact on cities brings the history of urban development up to date, and a focus on the politics of local economic development underscores how questions of economic development have come to dominate the local arena. The eighth edition is significantly shorter than previous editions, and the entire text has been thoroughly rewritten to engage students. 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.


The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics by Karen Mossberger,Susan E. Clarke,Peter John

The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics
  • Author : Karen Mossberger,Susan E. Clarke,Peter John
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199709939
  • Pages : 696
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  • Language : English
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The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics is an authoritative volume on an established subject in political science and the academy more generally: urban politics and urban studies. The editors are all recognized experts, and are well connected to the leading scholars in urban politics. The handbook covers the major themes that animate the subfield: the politics of space and place; power and governance; urban policy; urban social organization; citizenship and democratic governance; representation and institutions; approaches and methodology; and the future of urban politics. Given the caliber of the editors and proposed contributors, the volume sets the intellectual agenda for years to come.


Understanding Urban Politics by Timothy B. Krebs,Arnold Fleischmann

Understanding Urban Politics
  • Title : Understanding Urban Politics
  • Author : Timothy B. Krebs,Arnold Fleischmann
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • ISBN Code : 1538105233
  • Pages : 368
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  • Language : English
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In Understanding Urban Politics: Institutions, Representation, and Policies, Timothy B. Krebs and Arnold Fleischmann introduce a framework that focuses on the role of institutions in establishing the political "rules of the game," the representativeness of city government, the influence of participation in local democracy, and how each of these features influences the adoption and implementation of public policies. Part 1 lays the groundwork for the rest of the book by exploring the many meanings of "urban," analyzing what local governments do, and providing a history of American urban development. Part 2 examines the organizations and procedures that are central to urban politics and policy making: intergovernmental relations, local legislatures, and the local executive branch. Part 3 looks at elections and voting, local campaigns, and non-voting forms of participation. The four chapters in Part 4 focus on the policy process and the delivery of local services, local government finances, "Building the City" (economic development, land use, and housing), and policies affecting the quality of life (public safety, the environment, "morality" issues, and urban amenities). Krebs and Fleischmann bolster students' learning and skills with guiding questions at the start of each chapter, which ends with key terms, a summary, discussion questions, and research exercises. The appendix and website aid these efforts, as does a website for instructors.


City Politics by Dennis R. Judd,Annika M. Hinze

City Politics
  • Title : City Politics
  • Author : Dennis R. Judd,Annika M. Hinze
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1351678817
  • Pages : 480
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  • Language : English
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Praised for the clarity of its writing, careful research, and distinctive theme – that urban politics in the United States has evolved as a dynamic interaction between governmental power, private actors, and a politics of identity – City Politics remains a classic study of urban politics. Its enduring appeal lies in its persuasive explanation, careful attention to historical detail, and accessible and elegant way of teaching the complexity and breadth of urban and regional politics which unfold at the intersection of spatial, cultural, economic, and policy dynamics. Now in a thoroughly revised 10th edition, this comprehensive resource for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as well-established researchers in the discipline, retains the effective structure of past editions while offering important updates, including: All-new sections on immigration, the Black Lives Matter Movement, the downtown condo boom, and the impact of the sharing economy on urban neighborhoods (especially the rise of Airbnb). Individual chapters introducing students to pressing urban issues such as gentrification, sustainability, metropolitanization, urban crises, the creative class, shrinking cities, racial politics, and suburbanization. The most recent census data integrated throughout to provide current figures for analysis, discussion, and a more nuanced understanding of current trends. Taught on its own, or supplemented with the optional reader American Urban Politics in a Global Age for more advanced readers, City Politics remains the definitive text on urban politics – and how they have evolved in the US over time – for a new generation of students and researchers.


The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy by Carl Grodach,Daniel Silver

The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy
  • Title : The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy
  • Author : Carl Grodach,Daniel Silver
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 0415683785
  • Pages : 272
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  • Language : English
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The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy brings together a range of international experts to critically analyze the ways that governmental actors and non-governmental entities attempt to influence the production and implementation of urban policies directed at the arts, culture, and creative activity. Presenting a global set of case studies that span five continents and 22 cities, the essays in this book advance our understanding of how the dynamic interplay between economic and political context, institutional arrangements, and social networks affect urban cultural policy-making and the ways that these policies impact urban development and influence urban governance. The volume comparatively studies urban cultural policy-making in a diverse set of contexts, analyzes the positive and negative outcomes of policy for different constituencies, and identifies the most effective policy directions, emerging political challenges, and most promising opportunities for building effective cultural policy coalitions. The volume provides a comprehensive and in-depth engagement with the political process of urban cultural policy and urban development studies around the world. It will be of interest to students and researchers interested in urban planning, urban studies and cultural studies.


Urban Politics by Stephen J. McGovern

Urban Politics
  • Title : Urban Politics
  • Author : Stephen J. McGovern
  • Publisher : CQ Press
  • ISBN Code : 1506311210
  • Pages : 496
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  • Language : English
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Steve McGovern’s Urban Politics: A Reader examines the changing structure of political power in cities through the lens of historical development, accompanied with brief explorations of pertinent public policy issues. Having studied and taught urban politics for over 20 years, McGovern (Haverford College) foregrounds his approach with a discussion of cities in a global era, and then divides the material into five parts, or themes: the formation of city politics; city politics under stress; the politics of urban revitalization; the changing dynamics of urban politics; and visions of contemporary urban politics. He expands the scope of his exploration by integrating literature that is not commonly observed in urban politics texts, i.e. works by journalists as well as scholars, and by including debates about political power in both big and smaller cities.


The Politics of Urban Governance by Jon Pierre

The Politics of Urban Governance
  • Title : The Politics of Urban Governance
  • Author : Jon Pierre
  • Publisher : Macmillan International Higher Education
  • ISBN Code : 1137285559
  • Pages : 256
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  • Language : English
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The study of urban governance provides a valuable insight into economic, social, and political forces and how they shape city life. But who and what are the real drivers of change? This innovative text casts new light on the issues and re-examines the state of urban governance at the start of the twenty-first century. Jon Pierre analyses four models of urban governance: 'management', 'corporatist', 'pro-growth' and 'welfare'. Each is assessed in terms of its implications for the major issues, interests and challenges in the contemporary urban arena. Distinctively, Pierre argues that institutions – and the values which underpin them – are the driving forces of change. The book also assesses the impact of globalization upon urban governance. The long-standing debate on the decline of urban governance is re-examined and reformulated by Pierre, who applies a wider international approach to the issues. He argues that the changing cast of private and public actors, combined with new forms of political participation, have resulted in a transformation – rather than a decline – of contemporary urban governance.


Theories of Urban Politics by Jonathan S Davies,David L Imbroscio

Theories of Urban Politics
  • Title : Theories of Urban Politics
  • Author : Jonathan S Davies,David L Imbroscio
  • Publisher : SAGE
  • ISBN Code : 1446246310
  • Pages : 296
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  • Language : English
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'Anybody who thinks the study of urban politics is stagnating needs to pick up a copy of Theories of Urban Politics. Insightful analysis of scholarship on traditional topics is supplemented by chapters on nontraditional topics, including the new institutionalism, network governance, and urban leadership... If you want to keep up with cutting-edge debates in urban studies, the Davies and Imbroscio volume is essential' - Todd Swanstrom, Saint Louis University 'Connects the best traditions of urban political theory with important new contributions on emerging themes. This completely revised second edition is an invaluable book for new students and established scholars. It is accessible, theoretically rich, and maps out an exciting and challenging research agenda. It will spend more time open and on the desk, than closed and on the bookshelf!' - Professor Chris Skelcher, University of Birmingham 'Many colleagues have told us that our edition of Theories of Urban Politics provided great insights and grounding to students and seasoned researchers alike. We are delighted that so able a successor has emerged. Those that study urban politics need to be challenged and inspired by theory and this book delivers a powerful update for urban scholars' - David Judge, Gerry Stoker and Harold Wolman, Editors of the First Edition 'This long-awaited sequel to the pioneering First Edition updates debates and developments through an excellent collection of entirely new essays contributed by some of the leading academics in the field. A special feature of the volume is that it links concerns in urban politics in North America and Europe. An excellent read' - Professor David Wilson, De Montfort University Expanding and updating the successful first edition, Theories of Urban Politics, Second Edition provides a comprehensive introduction to and evaluation of the theoretical approaches to urban governance. Restructured into four new parts - Power, Governance, Citizens, and Challenges - the second edition reflects developments in the field over the last decade, with newly commissioned chapters updating and adding to the theoretical material included in the first edition. With contributions from many of the key figures in urban theory today, this text will be required reading on all urban politics, urban planning and public administration courses.


An Urban Politics of Climate Change by Harriet A Bulkeley,Vanesa Castán Broto,Gareth A.S. Edwards

An Urban Politics of Climate Change
  • Title : An Urban Politics of Climate Change
  • Author : Harriet A Bulkeley,Vanesa Castán Broto,Gareth A.S. Edwards
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1317650107
  • Pages : 270
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  • Language : English
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The confluence of global climate change, growing levels of energy consumption and rapid urbanization has led the international policy community to regard urban responses to climate change as ‘an urgent agenda’ (World Bank 2010). The contribution of cities to rising levels of greenhouse gas emissions coupled with concerns about the vulnerability of urban places and communities to the impacts of climate change have led to a relatively recent and rapidly proliferating interest amongst both academic and policy communities in how cities might be able to respond to mitigation and adaptation. Attention has focused on the potential for municipal authorities to develop policy and plans that can address these twin issues, and the challenges of capacity, resource and politics that have been encountered. While this literature has captured some of the essential means through which the urban response to climate change is being forged, is that it has failed to take account of the multiple sites and spaces of climate change response that are emerging in cities ‘off-plan’. An Urban Politics of Climate Change provides the first account of urban responses to climate change that moves beyond the boundary of municipal institutions to critically examine the governing of climate change in the city as a matter of both public and private authority, and to engage with the ways in which this is bound up with the politics and practices of urban infrastructure. The book draws on cases from multiple cities in both developed and emerging economies to providing new insight into the potential and limitations of urban responses to climate change, as well as new conceptual direction for our understanding of the politics of environmental governance.


Urban Political Analysis by Patrick Dunleavy

Urban Political Analysis
  • Title : Urban Political Analysis
  • Author : Patrick Dunleavy
  • Publisher : MacMillan Publishing Company
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 196
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  • Language : English
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The Urban Politics Reader by Elizabeth A. Strom

The Urban Politics Reader
  • Title : The Urban Politics Reader
  • Author : Elizabeth A. Strom
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780415319959
  • Pages : 354
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  • Language : English
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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.


The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics by Taylor & Francis Group

The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics
  • Title : The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics
  • Author : Taylor & Francis Group
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 9780367734848
  • Pages : 624
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  • Language : English
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The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics provides a comprehensive statement and reference point for urban politics. The scope of this handbook's coverage and contributions engages with and reflects upon the most important, innovative and recent critical developments to the interdisciplinary field of urban politics, drawing upon a range of examples from within and across the Global North and Global South. This handbook is organized into nine interrelated sections, with an introductory chapter setting out the rationale, aims and structure of the Handbook, and short introductory commentaries at the beginning of each part. It questions the eliding of 'urban politics' into the 'politics of the city', reconsidering the usefulness of the distinction between 'old' and 'new' urban politics, considering issues of 'class', 'gender', 'race' and the ways in which they intersect, appear and reappear in matters of urban politics, how best to theorize the roles of capital, the state and other actors, such as social movements, in the production of the city and, finally, issues of doing urban political research. The various chapters explore the issues of urban politics of economic development, environment and nature in the city, governance and planning, the politics of labour as well as living spaces. The concluding sections of the Handbook examine the politics over alternative visions of cities of the future and provide concluding discussions and reflections, particularly on the futures for urban politics in an increasingly 'global' and multidisciplinary context. With over forty-five contributions from leading international scholars in the field, this handbook provides critical reviews and appraisals of current conceptual and theoretical approaches and future developments in urban politics. It is a key reference to all researchers and policy-makers with an interest in urban politics.


Theories of Urban Politics by Professor of Politics Department of Government David Judge,David Judge,Gerry Stoker,Harold Wolman,Professor Hal Wolman

Theories of Urban Politics
  • Title : Theories of Urban Politics
  • Author : Professor of Politics Department of Government David Judge,David Judge,Gerry Stoker,Harold Wolman,Professor Hal Wolman
  • Publisher : SAGE Publications Limited
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 310
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  • Language : English
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Providing a comprehensive overview of the main theories which structure debate on urban politics, the internationally respected contributors to this textbook provide a clear and coherent account which is organized around four major questions. The first part looks at issues of power and examines both traditional and recent theories of power in cities. The nature of public bureaucracy and those officials that have a leadership role within city government are discussed in the second part. The third part examines the ways that citizens are involved in the process of urban politics. The final part seeks to place urban politics in terms of the social economic environment and the complex architecture of government in which it has


Urban Politics by Mark Davidson,Deborah Martin

Urban Politics
  • Title : Urban Politics
  • Author : Mark Davidson,Deborah Martin
  • Publisher : SAGE
  • ISBN Code : 1446297470
  • Pages : 256
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  • Language : English
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"This innovative volume offers a much needed update on urban politics in a globalized world... Davidson and Martin, as well as contributors, chart new territory and produce thought-provoking research that move the field in a more critical direction" - Setha M. Low, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York "A critical analysis of power and politics is essential to an understanding of contemporary urbanism. Informative and challenging, clear and sophisticated, Urban Politics: Critical Approaches encourages readers to grapple with the great diversity of analytical lenses that frame urban political research through detailed, engaging case studies" - Eugene McCann, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University, Canada This critical, thought provoking discussion of contemporary urban politics places key issues in a geographical context. Divided into three sections: The urban as political setting The urban as political medium The urban as political community The text provides a thorough theoretical grounding with an extensive thematic overview. This unique approach links classical, institutional urban politics with a broader set of urban politics and practices. With case study material integrated throughout, and consideration given to the discussion of different urban politics from multiple theoretical perspectives, this is a completely up to date overview for students of urban geography, urban studies, urban sociology, and of course, urban politics.


Water and Politics by Veronica Herrera

Water and Politics
  • Title : Water and Politics
  • Author : Veronica Herrera
  • Publisher : University of Michigan Press
  • ISBN Code : 0472130323
  • Pages : 259
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  • Language : English
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Examines how public water service becomes a political tool in Mexican cities and uncovers the politics of water provision in developing democracies


Global Urban Politics by Julie-Anne Boudreau

Global Urban Politics
  • Title : Global Urban Politics
  • Author : Julie-Anne Boudreau
  • Publisher : Polity
  • ISBN Code : 9780745685496
  • Pages : 248
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  • Language : English
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In what ways has global urbanization affected the political process? This book offers a reflection on the transformations of urban politics worldwide in the past four decades, from interpersonal street-level politics to transnational governing institutions. Organized thematically, the book examines urban social movements, diversity politics, environmental politics and security politics at a global level and argues that living in an urban world calls for a profound rethinking of how we act politically. Through ethnographic incursions into the worlds of youth activists, domestic workers, rioters, barrio bandits and peripheral villagers, among others, from Mexico City and Hanoi to Montreal and New York, the book makes a number of theoretical propositions to redefine the field of urban political studies. Extending the view of urban politics beyond municipal and metropolitan institutions to the broader political process in cities, this book will be invaluable to advanced students and scholars interested in our urban future. For, as Boudreau convincingly suggests, global urban life is political life.


Urban Politics, New York Style by Jewel Bellush,Dick Netzer

Urban Politics, New York Style
  • Title : Urban Politics, New York Style
  • Author : Jewel Bellush,Dick Netzer
  • Publisher : M.E. Sharpe
  • ISBN Code : 9780765633323
  • Pages : 467
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  • Language : English
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The Politics of Urban Development by Clarence Nathan Stone,Heywood T. Sanders

The Politics of Urban Development
  • Title : The Politics of Urban Development
  • Author : Clarence Nathan Stone,Heywood T. Sanders
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 312
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  • Language : English
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In the past twenty years the study of urban politics has shifted from a predominant concern with political culture and ethos to a preoccupation with political economy, particularly that of urban development. Urban scholars have come to recognize that cities are shaped by forces beyond their boundaries. From that focus have emerged the views that cities are clearly engaged in economic competition; that market processes are shaped by national policy decisions, sometimes intentionally and sometimes inadvertently; and that the costs and benefits of economic growth are unevenly distributed. But what else needs to be said about the policies and politics of urban development? To supplement prevailing theories, The Politics of Urban Development argues that the role of local actors in making development decisions merits closer study. Whatever the structural constraints, politics still matters. Collectively the essays provide ample evidence that local government officials and other community actors do not simply follow the imperatives that derive from the national political economy; they are able to assert a significant degree of influence over the shared destiny of an urban population. The impact of the collection is to heighten awareness of local political practices and of how and why they make a difference.


Electoral Politics Is Not Enough by Peter F. Burns

Electoral Politics Is Not Enough
  • Title : Electoral Politics Is Not Enough
  • Author : Peter F. Burns
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • ISBN Code : 079148226X
  • Pages : 204
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  • Language : English
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Examines how and why government leaders understand and respond to African Americans and Latinos in northeastern cities with strong political traditions.


The Political Life of Urban Streetscapes by Reuben Rose-Redwood,Derek Alderman,Maoz Azaryahu

The Political Life of Urban Streetscapes
  • Title : The Political Life of Urban Streetscapes
  • Author : Reuben Rose-Redwood,Derek Alderman,Maoz Azaryahu
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN Code : 1317020715
  • Pages : 334
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Streetscapes are part of the taken-for-granted spaces of everyday urban life, yet they are also contested arenas in which struggles over identity, memory, and place shape the social production of urban space. This book examines the role that street naming has played in the political life of urban streetscapes in both historical and contemporary cities. The renaming of streets and remaking of urban commemorative landscapes have long been key strategies that different political regimes have employed to legitimize spatial assertions of sovereign authority, ideological hegemony, and symbolic power. Over the past few decades, a rich body of critical scholarship has explored the politics of urban toponymy, and the present collection brings together the works of geographers, anthropologists, historians, linguists, planners, and political scientists to examine the power of street naming as an urban place-making practice. Covering a wide range of case studies from cities in Europe, North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia, the contributions to this volume illustrate how the naming of streets has been instrumental to the reshaping of urban spatial imaginaries and the cultural politics of place.


American Urban Politics in a Global Age by Paul Kantor,Dennis R Judd

American Urban Politics in a Global Age
  • Title : American Urban Politics in a Global Age
  • Author : Paul Kantor,Dennis R Judd
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1317350367
  • Pages : 416
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  • Language : English
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Bringing together a selection of readings that represent some of the most important trends and topics in urban scholarship today, American Urban Politics provides historical context and contemporary commentaries on the economy, politics, culture and identity of American cities. This seventh edition examines the ability of highly autonomous local governments to grapple with the serious challenges of recent years, challenges such as the stresses of the lingering economic crisis, and a series of recent natural disasters. Features: Each chapter is introduced by an editor's essay that places the readings into context and highlights their central ideas and findings. Division into three historical periods emphasizes both the changes and continuities in American urban politics over time. The reader is the perfect complement for Judd & Swanstrom's City Politics: The Political Economy of Urban American, 7/e, also available in a new edition (ISBN 0-205-03246-X)


Urban Politics in India by Rodney W. Jones

Urban Politics in India
  • Title : Urban Politics in India
  • Author : Rodney W. Jones
  • Publisher : University of California Press
  • ISBN Code : 0520319168
  • Pages : 440
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  • Language : English
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This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press’s mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1974.


The New Localism by Edward G. Goetz,Susan E. Clarke

The New Localism
  • Title : The New Localism
  • Author : Edward G. Goetz,Susan E. Clarke
  • Publisher : SAGE
  • ISBN Code : 0803949227
  • Pages : 230
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  • Language : English
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How have local economic conditions been affected by the emergence of a global economy? What changes, if any, have local political authorities made to counterbalance the new emphasis on world interests? Comprehensive and timely, this book answers these and other vital questions by exploring local political restructuring in the face of massive global economic change.


The Social Science Encyclopedia by Adam Kuper

The Social Science Encyclopedia
  • Title : The Social Science Encyclopedia
  • Author : Adam Kuper
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1134450842
  • Pages : 952
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  • Language : English
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The Social Science Encyclopedia, first published in 1985 to acclaim from social scientists, librarians and students, was thoroughly revised in 1996, when reviewers began to describe it as a classic. This third edition has been radically recast. Over half the entries are new or have been entirely rewritten, and most of the balance have been substantially revised. Written by an international team of contributors, the Encyclopedia offers a global perspective on the key issues within the social sciences. Some 500 entries cover a variety of enduring and newly vital areas of study and research methods. Experts review theoretical debates from neo-evolutionism and rational choice theory to poststructuralism, and address the great questions that cut across the social sciences. What is the influence of genes on behaviour? What is the nature of consciousness and cognition? What are the causes of poverty and wealth? What are the roots of conflict, wars, revolutions and genocidal violence? This authoritative reference work is aimed at anyone with a serious interest in contemporary academic thinking about the individual in society.


Recycling and the Politics of Urban Waste by Matthew Gandy

Recycling and the Politics of Urban Waste
  • Title : Recycling and the Politics of Urban Waste
  • Author : Matthew Gandy
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1134162707
  • Pages : 160
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  • Language : English
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The affluence of western society has given rise to unprecedented quantities of waste, presenting one of the most intractable environmental problems for contemporary society. This book examines recycling and municipal waste management in three major cities: London, New York and Hamburg. A range of political and economic issues are examined to illustrate how any reduction in the size of the waste stream in order to achieve more equitable and environmentally sustainable patterns of resource use is incompatible with the current emphasis in the use of the market for environmental protection. The case studies show how, contrary to the hopes of many environmentalists and policy makers, municipal waste management is moving steadily towards the profitable option of incineration with energy recovery, rather than the recycling of materials or waste reduction at source. The evidence suggests that the achievement of a more sustainable pattern of recycling and waste management policy would demand a fundamental change in public policy, to give government a more active role in environmental protection.


The Politics of Slums in the Global South by Véronique Dupont,David Jordhus-Lier,Catherine Sutherland,Einar Braathen

The Politics of Slums in the Global South
  • Title : The Politics of Slums in the Global South
  • Author : Véronique Dupont,David Jordhus-Lier,Catherine Sutherland,Einar Braathen
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1317557395
  • Pages : 230
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  • Language : English
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Seeing urban politics from the perspective of those who reside in slums offers an important dimension to the study of urbanism in the global South. Many people living in sub-standard conditions do not have their rights as urban citizens recognised and realise that they cannot rely on formal democratic channels or governance structures. Through in-depth case studies and comparative research, The Politics of Slums in the Global South: Urban Informality in Brazil, India, South Africa and Peru integrates conceptual discussions on urban political dynamics with empirical material from research undertaken in Rio de Janeiro, Delhi, Chennai, Cape Town, Durban and Lima. The chapters engage with the relevant literature and present empirical material on urban governance and cities in the South, housing policy for the urban poor, the politics of knowledge and social mobilisation. Recent theories on urban informality and subaltern urbanism are explored, and the issue of popular participation in public interventions is critically assessed. The book is aimed at a scholarly readership of postgraduate students and researchers in development studies, urban geography, political science, urban sociology and political geography. It is also of great value to urban decision-makers and practitioners.


City Politics, Pearson eText by Dennis R. Judd

City Politics, Pearson eText
  • Title : City Politics, Pearson eText
  • Author : Dennis R. Judd
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1317349555
  • Pages : 432
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  • Language : English
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This text provides a foundation for understanding the politics of America's cities and urban regions. Praised for the clarity of its writing, careful research, and distinctive theme - that urban politics in the United States has evolved as a dynamic interaction among governmental power, private actors, and a politics of identity - City Politics remains a classic study of urban politics.


Urban Politics by Peter Saunders

Urban Politics
  • Title : Urban Politics
  • Author : Peter Saunders
  • Publisher : Hutchinson Educational
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 383
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  • Language : English
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International Policy Diffusion and Participatory Budgeting by Osmany Porto de Oliveira

International Policy Diffusion and Participatory Budgeting
  • Title : International Policy Diffusion and Participatory Budgeting
  • Author : Osmany Porto de Oliveira
  • Publisher : Springer
  • ISBN Code : 3319433377
  • Pages : 269
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  • Language : English
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This book explores the international diffusion of Participatory Budgeting (PB), a local policy created in 1989 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, which has now spread worldwide. The book argues that the action of a group of individuals called “Ambassadors of Participation” was crucial to make PB part of the international agenda. This international dimension has been largely overlooked in the vast literature produced on participatory democracy devices. The book combines public policy analysis and the study of international relations, and makes a broad comparative study of PB, including cases from Latin America, Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The book also presents a new methodology developed to examine PB diffusion, the “transnational political ethnography”, which combines in-depth interviews, participant observation and document analysis both at the local and transnational level.


In the Nature of Cities by Nik Heynen,Maria Kaika,Erik Swyngedouw

In the Nature of Cities
  • Title : In the Nature of Cities
  • Author : Nik Heynen,Maria Kaika,Erik Swyngedouw
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1134206461
  • Pages : 288
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The social and material production of urban nature has recently emerged as an important area in urban studies, human/environmental interactions and social studies. This has been prompted by the recognition that the material conditions that comprise urban environments are not independent from social, political, and economic processes, or from the cultural construction of what constitutes the ‘urban’ or the ‘natural’. Through both theoretical and empirical analysis, this groundbreaking collection offers an integrated and relational approach to untangling the interconnected processes involved in forming urban landscapes. The essays in this book attest that the re-entry of the ecological agenda into urban theory is vital both in terms of understanding contemporary urbanization processes, and of engaging in a meaningful environmental politics. They debate the central themes of whose nature is, or becomes, urbanized, and the uneven power relations through which this socio-metabolic transformation takes place. Including urban case studies, international research and contributions from prominent urban scholars, this volume will enable students, scholars and researchers of geographical, environmental and urban studies to better understand how interrelated, everyday economic, political and cultural processes form and transform urban environments.


Announcement by University of Michigan--Dearborn

Announcement
  • Title : Announcement
  • Author : University of Michigan--Dearborn
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Electoral Politics and Africa's Urban Transition by Noah L. Nathan

Electoral Politics and Africa's Urban Transition
  • Title : Electoral Politics and Africa's Urban Transition
  • Author : Noah L. Nathan
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN Code : 1108474950
  • Pages : 360
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Explores the political impacts of ethnic diversity and the growth of the middle class in urban Africa.


Undergraduate Announcement by University of Michigan--Dearborn

Undergraduate Announcement
  • Title : Undergraduate Announcement
  • Author : University of Michigan--Dearborn
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Greening Berlin by Jens Lachmund

Greening Berlin
  • Title : Greening Berlin
  • Author : Jens Lachmund
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • ISBN Code : 0262018594
  • Pages : 320
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  • Language : English
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How plant and animal species conservation became part of urban planning in Berlin, and how the science of ecology contributed to this change. Although nature conservation has traditionally focused on the countryside, issues of biodiversity protection also appear on the political agendas of many cities. One of the emblematic examples of this now worldwide trend has been the German city of Berlin, where, since the 1970s, urban planning has been complemented by a systematic policy of "biotope protection"--at first only in the walled city island of West Berlin, but subsequently across the whole of the reunified capital. In Greening Berlin, Jens Lachmund uses the example of Berlin to examine the scientific and political dynamics that produced this change. After describing a tradition of urban greening in Berlin that began in the late nineteenth century, Lachmund details the practices of urban ecology and nature preservation that emerged in West Berlin after World War II and have continued in post-unification Berlin. He tells how ecologists and naturalists created an ecological understanding of urban space on which later nature-conservation policy was based. Lachmund argues that scientific change in ecology and the new politics of nature mutually shaped or "co-produced" each other under locally specific conditions in Berlin. He shows how the practices of ecologists coalesced with administrative practices to form an institutionally embedded and politically consequential "nature regime." Lachmund's study sheds light not only on the changing place of nature in the modern city but also on the political use of science in environmental conflicts, showing the mutual formation of science, politics, and nature in an urban context.


Badlands of the Republic by Mustafa Dikec

Badlands of the Republic
  • Title : Badlands of the Republic
  • Author : Mustafa Dikec
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN Code : 1444399306
  • Pages : 240
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  • Language : English
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The relationship between space and politics is explored through a study of French urban policy. Drawing upon the political thought of Jacques Rancière, this book proposes a new agenda for analyses of urban policy, and provides the first comprehensive account of French urban policy in English. Essential resource for contextualizing and understanding the revolts occurring in the French ‘badland’ neighbourhoods in autumn 2005 Challenges overarching generalizations about urban policy and contributes new research data to the wider body of urban policy literature Identifies a strong urban and spatial dimension within the shift towards more nationalistic and authoritarian policy governing French citizenship and immigration


Critical Urban Studies by Jonathan S. Davies

Critical Urban Studies
  • Title : Critical Urban Studies
  • Author : Jonathan S. Davies
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • ISBN Code : 1438433077
  • Pages : 234
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  • Language : English
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Essays reevaluating and challenging the critiques of the urban studies field


Urban Politics by Myron A. Levine

Urban Politics
  • Title : Urban Politics
  • Author : Myron A. Levine
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 9780765646255
  • Pages : 412
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  • Language : English
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This popular text mixes classic theory and research on urban politics with the most recent developments 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. This new edition is more affordable than previous versions, and the entire text has been thoroughly rewritten to engage readers.


The Dependent City Revisited by Paul Kantor

The Dependent City Revisited
  • Title : The Dependent City Revisited
  • Author : Paul Kantor
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  • ISBN Code : 9780367291228
  • Pages : 280
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  • Language : English
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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.


Race and Authority in Urban Politics by David Greenstone,Paul E. Peterson

Race and Authority in Urban Politics
  • Title : Race and Authority in Urban Politics
  • Author : David Greenstone,Paul E. Peterson
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780226307138
  • Pages : 364
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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In this penetrating book, the authors provide a systematic empirical analysis of an important public policy issue—citizen participation in the Community Action Program of the Johnson administration's "War on Poverty." This Phoenix edition includes a new introduction in which the authors explicate the most important themes in their analysis. In a series of lively chapters, Greenstone and Peterson show how the coalitions that formed around the community action question developed not out of electoral or organizational interests alone but were strongly influenced by prevailing conceptions of the nature of authority in America. The book stresses the way in which both machine and reform structures affected the ability of minority groups to organize effectively and to form alliances in urban politics. It considers the wide-ranging critiques made of the Community Action Program by conservative, liberal, and radical analysts and finds that all of them fail to appreciate the significance and intensity of the racial cleavage in American politics.


Reconstructing Urban Regime Theory by Mickey Lauria

Reconstructing Urban Regime Theory
  • Title : Reconstructing Urban Regime Theory
  • Author : Mickey Lauria
  • Publisher : SAGE
  • ISBN Code : 0761901515
  • Pages : 278
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  • Language : English
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Providing a robust conceptual framework, urban regime theory has - despite its cited shortcomings - gained a dominant position in the literature on local politics, in addition to its recent use in contexts outside the United States and in comparative cross-national research. Reconstructing Urban Regime Theory presents a challenging argument for the need to reconceptualize urban regime's middle level abstractions by interpreting it through the higher level abstractions of regulationist theory. The contributors propose stronger conceptual linkages between local agents and institutions, regime transformation, and the restructuring of urban space. The blend of empirical and case study provides an excellent mix of theory and practice.