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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 ...

The New Politics of Urban Schools
The new politics of urban schools
KennethK.Wong

Research in urban school politics is substantially shaped by the central concerns in political science. In his seminal article in the American Political Science Review that marked the beginning of the field of school politics, Thomas Eliot (1959) developed a research agenda for the “continuing analysis of how the schools are run and who runs them” (p. 1032). Studies at the local level, according to Eliot, would include “structural analysis” of how districts are organized, “behavioral analysis” that examines the impact of professional and citizen leadership and interest-group activities on policy decisions, and voting analysis on elections and bond issues. Since then, generations of political analysts have conducted systematic investigations of these issues, which ...

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