Urban regime theory has gained a dominant position in the literature on local politics in the United States and its use in comparative cross-national research despite its cited shortcomings. In Reconstructing Urban Regime Theory, editor Mickey Lauria presents a challenging argument for the need to reconceptualize urban regime's middle-level abstraction by interpreting it through the lens of the higher-level abstraction of regulationist theory. The noted contributors to this volume propose stronger conceptual linkages between local agents and institutions, regime transformation, and the restructuring of urban space. The blend of empirical and case-study chapters provide an excellent mix of theory and practice that makes Reconstructing Urban Regime Theory well suited to a broad spectrum of upper-level undergraduate courses covering urban studies, political science, sociology, and geography as well as a rich resource for academics and researchers in these fields.
Concrete Research: Regulating Urban Politics in a Global Economy
Although the authors in this section do not specifically use the theoretical developments discussed in the previous chapters (an inherent complexity of edited volumes), they do construct their analytic frames with what they view as the complementary insights of regulationist and urban regime theories pushed to the forefront. Horan argues that urban regime theory needs to and that regulation theory is useful for refocusing us on the problem of politically bridging the gap between market and state in urban governance. She argues that although the two theoretical approaches have a common focus—the contingent nature of urban governance—the regulationist conception of governance involves the more complex task of social-political-economic ...