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"This is a first-rate book that ambitiously integrates various literatures to address what may be the most critical policy area in the United States-education. Written in a lively and engaging fashion, it should appeal to a wide audience of scholars and students interested in community power, urban theory, educational reform, institutional theory, and leadership studies.—Barbara Ferman, author of Challenging the Growth Machine: Neighborhood Politics in Chicago and Pittsburgh
"The authors have done a marvelous job of introducing the concept of civic capacity and the support for school reform. Their detailed case studies are both engaging and compelling."—Elaine Sharp, editor of Culture Wars and Local Politics
Author Biography: John Portz is an associate professor of political science at Northeastern University and the author of The Politics of Plant Closings.
Lana Steinis associate professor of political science at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and the author of Holding Bureaucrats Accountable: Politicians and Professionals in St. Louis.
Robin R. Jones is coordinator of Community Initiative for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida.
|1.||Cities, Schools, and Civic Capacity||1|
|2.||Building Civic Capacity: Institutions and Leadership||21|
|3.||The Setting: Pittsburgh, Boston, and St. Louis||39|
|4.||Pittsburgh's Public Schools: A Fragile Balance of Leadership and Institution Building||56|
|5.||Boston's Public Schools: Emerging Institutions and Leadership||82|
|6.||St. Louis's Public Schools: Weak Sectors and Low Cohesion||106|
|7.||Civic Capacity and Urban Education: Lessons from Three Cities||133|
|1.||Research Design and Interview Schedule||163|
|2.||Programmatic Effort in Support of Educational Innovation||164|