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.

Louisville: Compacts and Antagonistic Cooperation

Louisville: Compacts and antagonistic cooperation
H. V.SavitchRonald K.Vogel

In this chapter, we examine Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky, to understand how a metropolitan system of governance may evolve and to consider whether a metropolitan system of governance can substitute effectively for metropolitan government. Louisville and Jefferson County pursued an incremental and pragmatic approach to metropolitan reform that provides a test for the metropolitan governance thesis.

Louisville and Jefferson County have taken an intermediate approach to metropolitan reform. The two governments adopted a joint city-county compact in 1986, after failed efforts at city-county consolidation in 1982 and 1983. The compact directly addresses tax sharing, annexation, and joint agency management and funding. As a result of the compact, a new joint city-county economic development agency ...

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