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“Big City Politics in Transition is a good reference volume packed with much important and up-to-date information.” --Environment and Planning “A timely book that revisits the field so well described by Edward Banfield (Big City Politics, 1965) as of the early 1960s but which has changed greatly since then. … Each profile shows a high level of research, and the notes provide a thorough bibliography of the literature. A tremendously useful book for readers at all levels.” --Choice “This book was inspired by Edward Banfield's Big City Politics of 1965. [In Big City Politics in Transition] the introduction amply justifies the need for a new volume.… This multiauthored volume examines thirteen cities: Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Saint Louis, Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans, Denver, Houston, Los ...

Introduction: Big City Politics, Then and Now
Introduction: Big city politics, then and now
JohnClayton, Thomas H. V.Savitch

A QUARTER CENTURY AGO, Big City Politics appeared in an ambitious effort “to describe what is normal or typical about the political system” (Banfield, 1965, p. 4) of America's big cities. Author Edward Banfield sought to describe “how things really work” in each of nine large U.S. cities.

Much has changed in the years since. In the area of urban racial conflict, for example, Banfield (1965) could write:

Although tensions everywhere are great, there has not been any outbreak of mass violence in any large city for many years. The civil rights demonstrations of the last couple of years, far from constituting exceptions to this proposition, are evidence in support of ...

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