Bringing together the thoughts of outstanding contributors, Regional Politics presents a comparative study on the emerging regional nature of local and urban politics. Recent studies tend to focus on the politics and power of internal cities or on suburban areas that have gained incredible strength in the past decade. However, this important volume explores how politics work in the extended metropolis or “functional city”--which includes and surrounds the urban core and whose economy, society, and politics are integrally joined. Contributors center on detailed case studies of 10 cities with a look at the development of regional patterns, an analysis of the impact regionalism has on urban politics, and an outline for an overall approach. The comprehensive and state-of-the-art expertise presented in this volume makes Regional Politics ideal for planners, policymakers, academics, researchers, and students in the areas of urban politics, state and local government, and public policy.
- Chapter 1: Introduction: Regional Patterns in a Post-City Age
- Old and New Studies of Regionalism
- Why Regions?
- Interdependence Amid Disparity
- Patterns of Institutional Refraction
- The Functional City and Regional Politics
Part I: Avoidance and Conflict
- Chapter 2: New York: The Politics of Conflict and Avoidance
- The Political Economy of Regional Change
- The Postindustrial Economy and Regional Interests
- The Postindustrial Region and Governmental Cooperation
- Political Entrepreneurship and Regional Cooperation
- The Only Planning Game in Town: The Port Authority and Regional Politics
- The Consequences of Noncooperation: Policy Voids and Inequality
- Chapter 3: Los Angeles: Politics without Governance
- I. The Environment of Greater Los Angeles
- II. Political Organizations of Greater Los Angeles
- III. Regional Decision Making
- IV. Toward Regional Government?
- Chapter 4: St. Louis: A Politically Fragmented Area
- Whither Regional Governance?
- The St. Louis Area “Functional City”
- A Profile of the St. Louis Area
- St. Louis as a Case Study
- Regional Cooperation or More Fragmentation: The Power of the Fisc?
- Regional versus Local Governance: An Ongoing Tension
- Governmental Reform Using the Missouri Constitution
- Toward Comprehensive Governance Reform in St. Louis
- Enter the Courts: The Legality of Governance Reorganization in St. Louis
- Resolution Absent Reform
- Governance Reform again?: The 1990 Board of Electors Plan
- Enter Incremental Reform: A Boundary Commission
- Existing “Governance” Arrangements in the St. Louis Area
- The Present Status of Governance and Fiscal Reform in St. Louis
- What's Next for Reform in St. Louis?
Part II: Mutual Adjustment
- Chapter 5: Washington, D.C.: Cautious and Constrained Cooperation
- Profile of the Washington Region
- The MWCOG: Regional Cooperation, within Limits
- Law Enforcement: A Case Study in Cooperation
- The Impact of the Federal Government on Regionalism in its Own Backyard
- Chapter 6: Louisville: Compacts and Antagonistic Cooperation
- Defining the Functional City: A Regional Profile
- Regional Development
- Regional Governance
- Assessing the Compact
- The Compact: Metropolitan Government or Governance?
- Chapter 7: Pittsburgh: Partnerships in a Regional City
- A Short History of the Pittsburgh Regional Political Economy: From Gateway to Steel to Corporate Headquarters
- Annexation, Planning, and Consolidation of the Metropolitan Landscape
- Partnership and Renaissance I: 1943–1970
- Community Mobilization and the Interlude (1970–1977)
- Manufacturing Declines and the Regional Economy Restructures
- Renaissance II: Downtown and Neighborhoods (1978–1988)
- Renaissance III: High Technology and Services (1982 to the Present)
- Growing New Regional Economies: Partnerships in a Global Economy
Part III: Metropolitan Government
- Chapter 8: Miami: Experiences in Regional Government
- Miami/Dade County in the 1990s
- Metropolitan Dade County: Fulfillment of a Promise?
- Metropolitan Dade County—A Success?
- The “Other Region”
- Chapter 9: Minneapolis-St. Paul: Structuring Metropolitan Government
- Positioning for Global Competition
- Growing Central City/Suburban Disparities
- The Great Hopes for Metropolitan Governance
- The Great Hopes Gone Sour
- Regime Change and the Metropolitan Crisis
- Tinkering with the System in the 1990s
- Chapter 10: Jacksonville: Consolidation and Regional Governance
- Perceptions and Prescriptions of Jacksonville Reformers (The Intervention)
- Changing Socioeconomic, Political, and Power Profiles of the Jacksonville Metropolis (Pre- and Post-Intervention Consequences)
- Chapter 11: Portland: The Metropolitan Umbrella
- Political-Economic Context
- The Metropolitan Governance Context
- More Metropolitan Umbrellas?
Part IV: Conclusion