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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 Politics of Revenue and Spending Policies
The politics of revenue and spending policies
RobertM.Stein

The governance of cities was an afterthought in the writing of the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution makes no mention of cities, towns, villages, or any other type of local government. The federal and state governments were preeminently on the minds of those who wrote, debated, and ratified the document that governs our nation. Local government was left to the states to create, regulate, and, when necessary, eliminate.1 Consequently, it should come as no surprise that those who study the politics of local taxing and spending focus on the subsidiary role of cities in the American federal system. Students of urban governance have long debated whether the taxing and spending decisions of cities ...

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