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.

Regulating Urban Regimes: Reconstruction or Impasse?

Regulating Urban Regimes: Reconstruction or Impasse?

Regulating urban regimes: Reconstruction or impasse?

In the introduction to this book, I offered regulation theory as providing a potential contextualizing approach that could assist in reconstructing urban regime theory, hence overcoming some of its inadequacies. The contributors to this collection have made attempts at providing a first cut at this integration. Although I did not suggest that this was to be a perfect marriage, I want to conclude this volume by evaluating the successes embodied in this book and the suggested avenues for further research and necessary theory development. But, first it will be helpful to rehearse the inadequacies and potential complementarities of urban regime and regulation theory.

Although urban regime theory focuses on the machination of political practices, it ...

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