The New Localism: Comparative Urban Politics in a Global Era


Edited by: Edward G. Goetz & Susan E. Clarke

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    James A. Chandler is a Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Policy Research Center, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, England. He is the author of several books on local government, including Local Government Today (1991) and Public Policy Making for Local Government (1988). Most recently he edited Local Government in Liberal Democracies (1993). He has also published widely in academic journals, including Political Studies and Public Administration.

    Susan E. Clarke is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her publications on local economic development policies and interest representation structures have appeared in American and European journals. She is currently completing research on changing interest representation mechanisms in eight American cities with the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation.

    Edward G. Goetz is Associate Professor in the Housing Program at the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University. His research interests are in the areas of local housing policy and politics, and urban economic development policy. He has published articles on these topics in Urban Affairs Quarterly, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of the American Planning Association, and Economic Development Quarterly. He has written a book on local housing policy in the United States titled Shelter Burden: Local Politics and Progressive Housing Policy (1993).

    Richard C. Hula is Professor of Political Science and Urban Affairs at Michigan State University, where he also serves as Director of the Program in Public Policy and Administration and Associate Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan State, he taught at the University of Maryland and The University of Texas-Dallas. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University. His research has focused on broad issues of urban policy, and areas of interest have included local economic development strategies and the impact of private lending decisions on communities. His current research examines the debate over possible privatization of the U.S. public housing system.

    Brian Jacobs received his master's degree in politics from the University of Leeds and a Ph.D. in public policy from Keele University. He has worked for both the Department of Architecture and Planning of Westminster City Council and the Overseas Projects Group at the Department of Trade and Industry in London. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Public Policy in the School of Social Sciences at Staffordshire University. He has written numerous articles and three books on urban issues; his most recent book is Fractured Cities: Capitalism, Community and Empowerment in Britain and America (1992). His main current research interests focus on ethnic minority issues and the international political economy of urban change, with a particular emphasis on comparative policy in the United States and the European Community. This links with his interest in the politics of urban restructuring and the changing nature of public decision making.

    Thomas Klak is Assistant Professor of Geography at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geography at The Ohio State University, Columbus. He has conducted fieldwork in several Latin American and Caribbean countries and has published papers on relationships among housing, urbanization, recession, and state policy. His primary empirical interests are in state programs and policies, housing conditions, the work experience, and regional variations in development within countries. His theoretical interests focus on alternative development policies for production and reproduction issues, the international division of labor, and theories of the state.

    Peter M. Ngau received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Nairobi. His main research interests are in development studies and planning, rural-urban relations, development of small and intermediate urban centers, and the role of human agency in development. He also teaches research methods and computer applications in planning. He has published works in Development and Change and Economic Development and Cultural Change and is coeditor of Fieldwork and Data Analysis (1981).

    Dele Olowu teaches and conducts research in the Department of Public Administration at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. His research interests focus on local governments, public administration, and local development issues. He has published extensively on Nigerian local government and responses to economic crises.

    Gábor Péteri is an economist and Project Leader at the Hungarian Institute of Public Administration (HIPA). He started his career at the Planning and Economic Department of the City of Budapest as a regional planner, working on urbanization problems of the metropolitan area. At HIPA he coordinated a two-year project on public education finances and participated in the preparation of the new act on local governments in Hungary. He is currently one of the coordinators of the East-Central European comparative project, Local Democracy and Innovation. He works on alternative service delivery methods and local economic development problems in the new local government system and is actively involved in municipal consulting. He is the author of Finances of Public Education, published in Hungarian, and editor of the Local Democracy and Innovation project's first publication on East-Central European local transition, Changes and Events.

    Jamie Rulli is a graduate student in geography at The Ohio State University, Columbus, where he received a university fellowship to study development. His undergraduate degrees, from Ohio State, are in journalism and Latin American studies, and he is interested in writing about economic development issues for the general, educated reader. His regional interests are Latin America and the Caribbean and their relationships with the United States.

    Wisla Surazska, M. Litt in political science from Oxford University and Ph.D. in economics from Wroclaw Technical University in Poland, currently teaches at the University of Bergen, Norway, in the Department of Comparative Politics. She has taught and conducted research at Wroclaw Technical University, Trondheim University in Norway, and Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. She has published on the theory of social choice and on politics and administration in Communist countries. Her most recent work, “Center-Periphery Studies in EastCentral Europe,” deals with administrative reform in the post-Communist transition.

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