Urban Politics

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Edited by: Jonathan S. Davies & David L. Imbroscio

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2010 |
    • Online Publication Date: April 03, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446263709 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781847876102 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446263709 |
    • Series: SAGE Library of Political Science |
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City politics is an ancient, enduring, and vibrant enterprise that can be traced back over two millennia. Its key concerns include the nature of power, institutions, governance, community, scale and economic processes, as well as the urban citizenry itself and the public policy efforts to address their problems. The study of these concerns is inherently interdisciplinary, as local political processes are shaped by social forces, spatial dynamics and economic factors.

Volume 1: Traditions and Transitions examines different ways in which the politics of city life have been conceived down the ages;

Volume 2: Political Economy and Power brings together theoretical work developed to explain urban politics, focusing on the key interactions between economic and political processes and the distribution and nature of political power;

Volume 3: Institutions and ...

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  • Editors' Introduction: Urban Politics

    JonathanS.Davies and DavidL.Imbroscio


    The publication of this major reference work on urban politics is, we believe, very timely. In the past few years, the field of urban politics has come under vehement attack, predominantly by scholars in the traditions of mainstream political science. In the most notable example, mainstream political scientist Bryan D. Jones, a former urbanist, along with two of his graduate students, Joshua Sapotichne and Michelle Wolfe (Sapotichne et al., 2007), launched a broadside against urban political scholarship. They argued that it had become insular and moribund, choosing to isolate itself from mainstream political science and hence, contributing nothing to it. We have already taken to the barricades in defending this attack and see this reference work as part of ...

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