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.

Jacksonville: Consolidation and Regional Governance

Jacksonville: Consolidation and regional governance
BertSwanson

Introduction

The modern metropolis is the dynamic center of the nation's economic and social life. Yet a sense of crisis and doom pervades the “eclipse of community,” caused by the processes of urbanization, industrialization, and bureaucratization (Stien, 1960). The settlement pattern suggests a “schizoid polity” (Greer, 1963) with extreme social, economic, and racial disparities between lower-income families residing in the large central city and the more affluent who have moved to the suburbs in a process of “white flight.” Greer characterized these evolving patterns as a dichotomy between the residents of the central city and suburbanites, a dichotomy that has led to disorder and conflict in the metropolis. He implied that the metropolis had developed a “multiple ...

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