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.

Minneapolis-St. Paul: Structuring Metropolitan Government

Minneapolis-St. Paul: Structuring Metropolitan Government

Minneapolis-st. paul: Structuring metropolitan government
John J.Harrigan

If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, residents of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area have reason to wonder about the praise that has been given to their system of metropolitan governance over the years. “Widely praised but never copied” easily could be the logo put above the door of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council. For the past 15 years, the Metropolitan Council probably has received more praise from outside the Twin Cities than from within it.

However prominent the Metropolitan Council might look from afar and however successful it was in the past, there is much uneasiness in the Twin Cities today about whether the Metropolitan Council can provide direction on three overriding challenges—the ...

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