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 8: Miami: Experiences in Regional Government
Miami: Experiences in Regional Government
Dade County, Florida, the home of Miami, has had a two-tiered regional form of government since 1957. Originally an attempt at experimental metropolitan government (Sofen, 1963) designed to overcome the problems of fragmentation, deal with anticipated growth in the unincorporated areas (Citizens Charter Review Commission, 1986), and an inability to annex to the central city (confidential interview, 1992), the effort has had mixed results. Although the government established in 1957, Metropolitan Dade County, has been widely discussed in the literature on regional governance, true regional governance would involve the entire ecological and economic region in South Florida. Metropolitan Dade County is not yet a regional government—it covers only one county and, some would argue, not even ...