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.

New York: The Politics of Conflict and Avoidance

New York: The politics of conflict and avoidance


This study reexamines the nation's largest metropolitan area, the New York region, and finds the last 20 years dominated by a politics of conflict and competition. In a political landscape of fragmentation and rivalry among governments, the region's political entrepreneurs have found few opportunities for forging regional solutions to public problems. Further, postindustrial restructuring of the region's economy is unleashing powerful new forms of intergovernmental economic competition. This new reality seems likely to further diminish chances for greater regional cooperation in the future.

For our purposes, the New York region comprises the 24 contiguous counties in three states that together form the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area ...

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