Big City Politics in Transition

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Overview

This volume examines how government and administration in America's largest cities have changed between 1960 and 1990. Each chapter traces demographic and economic changes over this vital, and at times turbulent, thirty year period explaining what those changes mean for politics, policies and the general quality of life. Analytic and comparative chapters extract patterns and variations which emerge from the city profiles. Each profile addresses common issues in socio-economic, coalitional, institutional, process, values and policy changes in the following American cities: Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - John Clayton Thomas and H V Savitch
Big City Politics, Then and Now
Boston - Philip L Clay
The Incomplete Transformation
Philadelphia - Carolyn Teich Adams
The Slide Toward Municipal Bankruptcy
Chicago - Barbara Ferman
Race and Reform
Detroit - Wilbur Rich
From Motor City to Service Hub
St. Louis - Andrew Glassberg
Racial Transition and Economic Development
Atlanta - Arnold Fleischmann
Urban Coalitions in a Suburban Sea
Miami - Ronald K Vogel and Genie N L Stowers
Minority Empowerment and Regime Change
New Orleans - Robert K Whelan and Alma H Young
The Ambivalent City
Denver - Carter Whitson and Dennis Judd
Boosterism versus Growth
Houston - Robert E Parker and Joe R Feagin
Administration by Economic Elites
Los Angeles - Alan L Saltzstein and Raphael J Sonenshein
Transformation of a Governing Coalition
San Fransisco - Richard E De Leon
Post Materialist Populism in a Global City
Seattle - Margaret Gordon et al
Grassroots Politics Shaping the Environment
Conclusion - H V Savitch and John Clayton Thomas
End of the Millenium Big City

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