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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.

The Intergovernmental Environment
The intergovernmental environment

The two most important attributes of the American political system—federalism and separation of powers—constitute an intergovernmental context that presents numerous challenges and opportunities for urban policymaking. The diffusion of power and authority in metropolitan areas is especially salient for central city governments, which often face a disproportionate share of problems and a shortage of resources and authority to respond to them. Thus, in order to more fully understand contemporary urban policymaking, one must extend the scope of inquiry beyond the formal institutions of city government and examine the variety of means federal, state, and other local governments can employ to limit or expand the actions city officials can take to address important problems. Two recent examples, from Buffalo and Atlanta, ...

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