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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.

Political Participation in Cities
Political participation in cities

Political participation refers to those activities through which ordinary citizens become involved in the public life of the community. As the following sections show, political participation encompasses a broad array of activities. Indeed, the diversity of forms of local participation distinguishes it from participation in governmental affairs at the national level.

This does not necessarily mean that there is widespread engagement in all forms of participation at the local level. Voter turnout rates, for example, are notoriously low, even in comparison with the limited voter turnout rates in presidential and congressional elections that have come to characterize U.S. politics in the past twenty years. However, voting is but one of the forms of participation that we will consider, and ...

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