The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding.
Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.
Key Concepts in Urban Studies:
Clearly and concisely explains the basic ideas in the interdisciplinary field of urban studies; Offers concise discussions of concepts ranging from community, neighbourhood, and the city to globalization, the New Urbanism, feminine space, and urban problems; Constitutes a re-examination of the key ideas in the field; Is illustrated throughout with international examples; Provides an essential reference guide for all students and teachers across the urban disciplines within sociology, political science, planning and geography.
The Chicago School
Urban Politics and Suburban Politics
Before the 1960s, city governments were powerful. In addition to people making money from control over the resources of capital and land, control of the bureaucracies and decision-making power of government was a separate means of acquiring wealth. The power to tax or regulate both land use and public services gave local government officials significant [Page 173]leverage over other people's money. Because of public sector services, cities are also major employers. For all these reasons organized interests have always competed with each other for influence over and control of local government. This struggle provides the drama of politics whether it takes place in cities or suburbs.
Prior to the 1980s, typical urban regimes reflected the participation of traditional ethnic groups, such as the Irish, the Poles, Italians ...