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.
Chapter 4: St. Louis: A Politically Fragmented Area
St. Louis: A Politically Fragmented Area
Whither Regional Governance?
The political and fiscal organization of local government in the context of effective regional governance is a topic of considerable scrutiny and concern. This chapter examines the St. Louis region, which has a long tradition as a textbook example of a fragmented urban governance and fiscal structure and the associated litany of problems. As one major indicator, fewer people are served per local jurisdiction in St. Louis than in any other major urban area except Pittsburgh. The range is from more than 44,000 in Baltimore to 3,554 in St. Louis and 3,063 in Pittsburgh (Confluence St. Louis, 1987, p. 18). The entire 12-county, 2-state (Missouri and Illinois) metropolitan area (MSA) had 771 ...