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John P. Pelissero

In: Cities, Politics, and Policy: A Comparative Analysis

Chapter 1: The Political Environment of Cities in the Twenty-first Century

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The Political Environment of Cities in the Twenty-first Century
The political environment of cities in the twenty-first century
JohnP.Pelissero

American cities and urban areas are perhaps the most exciting venues for politics. National elections and political processes, as well as state politics, certainly capture the attention of citizens and the media, but in cities people find the greatest opportunities to directly participate in politics. Here political campaigns are waged door to door, as candidates and groups seek support from residents of their neighborhoods. Communities organize to fight city hall and band together to promote issues ranging from crime prevention to environmental protection, from school reform to tax reform. City residents can talk directly to their mayor or city council member, and they can attend meetings of the ...

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