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.

Washington, D.C.: Cautious and Constrained Cooperation

Washington, D.C.: Cautious and constrained cooperation

The District of Columbia, in at least one sense, is the most isolated of cities. Like other large central cities, it is struggling to hold on to an economic and population base that increasingly is drawn to suburban locations. When taxpayers move out of the District, however, the fiscal body blow is unusually sharp and decisive. As the Federal City, the District of Columbia stands apart from the jurisdictions that surround it. Other cities have opportunities to soften the impact of suburbanization—using political leverage at the state level to push for taxing and spending policies in their favor or, perhaps, instituting a commuter tax to force at least some suburbanites to bear some of ...

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