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.

Los Angeles: Politics without Governance

Los Angeles: Politics without governance
Alan L.Saltzstein

Greater Los Angeles is a five-county region containing a population of more than 14 million, a land area nearly as large as Ohio, and a gross regional product that, were the region an independent country, would rank 12th largest in the world. The people of the region are very diverse racially and ethnically, and this diversity has increased markedly in the last 10 years. Sources of wealth and influence are unevenly dispersed throughout the urban area. The economy, once robust, remains in the midst of the most serious postwar recession and has undergone significant structural change. Consequently, differences of wealth have increased, and unemployment remains well above the national average. The area contains numerous governments ...

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