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.

Perspectives for the Present and Lessons for the Future

Perspectives for the present and lessons for the future
H. V.SavitchRonald K.Vogel

In this chapter, we attempt to provide some answers to questions posed in the first chapter, namely, what are the centrifugal and centripetal forces that shape our urban regions and their governance? Our answers are based on comparative analysis of the 10 city-regions chosen for their distinctive approaches to regional governance (see Chapter 1). These cases include four examples of metropolitan government—Jacksonville-Duval County, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Portland, and Miami-Dade; three cases of mutual adjustment—Washington, D.C. (interlocal government agreement), Louisville-Jefferson County (interlocal government agreement and public-private partnership), and Pittsburgh (public-private partnership); and three cases of avoidance and conflict—Los Angeles, New York, and St. Louis. First, we consider how ...

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