American Urban Politics in a Global Age : The Reader

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2009-07-21
  • Publisher: Pearson
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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 Politicsprovides historical context and contemporary commentaries on the economy, politics, culture and identity of American cities. This sixth edition highlights the global scale of the changes and challenges confronting local leaders, and explores new issues in cities and suburbs that are altering the patterns of conflict and governance, including the privatization of public urban space, the economic effect of urban sprawl, immigration, terrorism and natural disasters.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Editors' Introductory Essay: Governing the Metropolis in the Global Erap. 1
Globalization and the Economic Imperative
The Political Economy of Urban Governancep. 7
Editors' Essay Entrepreneurial Citiesp. 7
The Interests of the Limited Cityp. 9
Urban Regimesp. 18
Rethinking the Politics of Downtown Developmentp. 32
Cities in a Global Worldp. 47
Editors' Essay The New Urban Economy and Local Politicsp. 47
Cities in the International Marketplacep. 49
Globalization and Leadership in American Citiesp. 61
When Disney Comes to Townp. 72
Can Politicians Bargain with Business?p. 75
Development Politics and Urban Culturep. 89
Editors' Essay Cultural Strategies of Urban Developmentp. 89
The Power of Place: The Creative Classp. 90
Culture, Art, and Downtown Developmentp. 104
(Re)Branding the Big Easyp. 115
Governing the Multiethnic Metropolis
The Cities: The Politics of Interethnic Bargainingp. 124
Editors' Essay The New Group Politicsp. 124
Racial Confrontation in Postwar Detroitp. 126
Minority Groups and Coalitional Politicsp. 139
Black Incumbents and a Declining Racial Dividep. 161
The Suburbs: The Politics of Space, Race, and Ethnicityp. 175
Editors' Essay Immigration and the Spatial Mosaic of the Suburbsp. 175
New Immigrants in Suburbiap. 177
The Ethnic Diversity of Boomburbsp. 184
Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angelesp. 194
Police Practices in Immigrant-Destination Communitiesp. 204
Politics, Privatization, and the Public Realmp. 222
Editors' Essay The Privatization of Urban Spacep. 222
The Mauling of Public Spacep. 224
The Spaces of Suburban Retailingp. 238
Cities in a Time of Terrorp. 243
Sprawl, Federalism, and the Divided Metropolis
The Politics of Metropolitan Regionsp. 258
Editors' Essay The Debate over Regional Governancep. 258
Building Consensusp. 260
Growth Management: The Core Regional Issuep. 266
Is Urban Sprawl a Problem?p. 281
The Region Is the Neighborhood: Sprawl and the New Urbanismp. 290
Federal-City Relations and the Capacity to Governp. 296
Editors' Essay Urban Politics in a Decentralized Federal Systemp. 296
Federal Prescriptions and City Problemsp. 298
The Political Economy of Disaster Assistancep. 315
Politics, Federalism, and the Recovery Process in New Orleansp. 320
Notesp. 333
Referencesp. 363
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