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.

City Planning and the Postwar Regime in Philadelphia

City Planning and the Postwar Regime in Philadelphia

City planning and the postwar regime in Philadelphia
Robert A.Beauregard

In the United States, the now-broken postwar social contract between capital and labor neither burst forth all at once nor spread evenly across the political landscape. Although national-level actors—corporate capital, labor unions, political parties, and the federal government—struck an accord that enabled the welfare state to expand relatively unchallenged, promised peaceful labor relations in return for a family wage, and committed the state and capital to a politics of growth (Wolfe, 1981), local political arrangements also had to be forged to extend this new mode of social regulation to the cities. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, however, local elites were as likely to resist as to embrace ...

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