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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 ...

Suburban and Metropolitan Politics
Suburban and metropolitan politics
J.EricOliver

Over the past fifty years, America has become a nation of suburbs. In 1950, most Americans lived either in large central cities or rural areas, and only about a quarter lived in areas that could be called suburban, that is, places outside of a large central city but still within a metropolitan area. Today a suburb is home to one in two Americans. In most instances, these suburbs are far different from their urban or rural counterparts. Central cities often are noted for their size, density, and heterogeneity (Wirth 1938), whereas suburbs are typically thought of as small, spacious, and homogeneous (Baldassare 1992). And while rural places are socially and economically self-contained, most suburbanites travel to other places ...

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