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.

Coalition, Market, and State: Postwar Development Politics in Boston

Coalition, Market, and State: Postwar Development Politics in Boston

Coalition, market, and state: Postwar development politics in boston

In the past 15 years, development policy has become a central focus for urban political analysis and regime theory has become the dominant framework for investigating urban development policy making. Starting with the claim that “local politics matters,” regime theory has informed numerous studies of urban development since World War II and inspired a body of empirical scholarship essential for understanding what has been, and is, happening to urban political economies.

This chapter, too, is informed by regime theory—more precisely, this chapter results from a debate with regime theory. A product of investigating urban development politics and economic change in Boston since 1945, the chapter will argue that although ...

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