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.

Introduction: Regional Patterns in a Post-City Age

Introduction: Regional patterns in a post-city age
H. V.SavitchRonald K.Vogel

City regions are not defined by their natural boundaries, because they are wholly the artifacts of cities at their nuclei; the boundaries move outward—or halt—only as the city energy dictates. (Jacobs, 1984, p. 45)

Old and New Studies of Regionalism

Thirty-five years ago, journalists, scholars, and policymakers bemoaned the multitude of local governments. Localities proliferated in every form; counties, multiple classes of cities, townships, villages, and special districts smothered the regional landscape. The prevailing opinion at that time was not that America had too much government, but that too many governments made effective governance impossible.

The scholarly critique was led by Robert Wood's 1400 Governments (1961). Other writers followed Wood's lead and began ...

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