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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 ...

Seattle: Grassroots Politics Shaping the Environment
Seattle: Grassroots politics shaping the environment
Margaret T.Gordon, Hubert G.Locke, LaurieMccutcheon, William B.Stafford

IN 1965 EDWARD BANFIELD wrote that Seattle politics, far from being radical, corrupt, or bitter, were “downright dull.” He described Seattleites as “busy making money, rearing children, trimming lawns and boating.” Banfield saw prosperity and a high rate of single-family home ownership “giving Seattle a suburban quality.” The populace, which then included 8.4% minorities, usually elected Republicans with business backgrounds to the weak-mayor, weak-council form of city government. Banfield portrayed the decision-making process at the time as a luncheon of the “Big Ten” business/civic leaders who reigned through citizen committees, causing him to ask whether there was really anyone in charge (Banfield, 1965, pp. 133–146).

Since by 1965 Seattle ...

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