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Regime theory provides an explanation of how public- and private-sector interests come together in ways that allow for the governance of a city. As such, it represents a significant contribution to the urban politics literature. First, it presents a richly nuanced perspective on power, governance, and policy at the local level. In so doing, it also provides a necessary corrective to the earlier power elite, pluralist, and city limits theories of urban politics. Finally, the nuances of regime theory, stemming largely from its careful integration of agency and structure, paved the way for further refinements, thereby increasing its applicability. These refinements can be found in the typology of regimes developed to demonstrate the relationship between a specific policy orientation of a regime and the coordination ...

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