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Chapter 5: Power and Governance in American Cities
Arecurring issue in urban political science concerns who has power or who governs. For years there has been debate about who is more important, corporate executives or popularly elected representatives. Though schools of thought differed about which is more important, money or votes, both sides assumed that some small body of people ran things.
In recent years, a different understanding has taken hold. In this alternative view, the important considerations are not about who governs but about how governance occurs. Accordingly, we need to know the extent to which various people and organizations work together and the terms on which they cooperate. Power lies not in the hands of some distinct group (who), but rather ...