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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.

City Councils
City councils
TimothyB.Krebs and JohnP.Pelissero

Acity council is the legislative branch of city government. In some cities, the city council is referred to as the board of trustees, village board, or board of selectmen. Regardless of the official name, the responsibilities of city councils are similar in all cities. The roles and powers of American city councils will vary with the type of government structure that is in place in a community. In the systems model, city councils are part of the political process in which institutions and actors respond to the demands and supports in the political environment. In many cases, the city council will be the first institution to act on the demands and supporting conditions that are associated with major city issues. ...

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