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Just because Milwaukee isn't Manhattan, doesn't mean that those urban centers face completely unique challenges. Through effective comparative analysis of key issues in urban studies—how city managers share power with mayors, how spending policies affect economic development, and how school politics impact education policy—students can clearly see how scholars discern patterns and formulate conclusions to offer theoretical and practical insights from which all cities can benefit. Pelissero brings together an impressive team of contributors to explore variation among cities through case studies and cross-sectional analyses. Each author synthesizes the field's seminal literature while explaining how urban leaders and their constituents grapple with everything from city council politics to conflict and cooperation among minority groups. Authors identify both key trends and gaps in the scholarship, and help set the research agenda for the years to come. Lively case material will hook your students while the accessible presentation of empirical evidence make this reader the comprehensive and sophisticated text you demand.

Urban Services
Urban services
DavidN.Ammons

Developments in urban service research and practice over the past century, or even more recently, cannot be summarized easily. Clearly, however, the intense focus on efficiency in the delivery of urban services that was so prevalent—even dominant—in the research and writings of the first half of the twentieth century dimmed somewhat by midcentury but never receded entirely, as other dimensions of service delivery gained prominence. Much of the work on urban services in more recent years has focused on patterns of service delivery and on efforts to improve the quality, responsiveness, and effectiveness, as well as the efficiency, of local government services.1 Urban services are policy outputs in the urban political system. The term “urban services” covers everything from police and fire ...

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