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John Clayton & Thomas H. V. Savitch

In: Big City Politics in Transition

Chapter 1: Introduction: Big City Politics, Then and Now

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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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