City Schools and City Politics: Institutions and Leadership in Pittsburgh, Boston and St. Louis / Edition 1

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"The genius of this illuminating book is to take three cities with a common political heritage and a shared set of economic and social problems and show how they developed quite different responses. By linking leadership closely with institution building, the authors offer fresh and important insights into the development of American cities over the past half century."—Clarence Stone, author of Regime Politics: Governing Atlanta, 1946-1988 and editor of Changing Urban Education

"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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700609802
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Studies in Government and Public Policy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
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
Notes 171
Index 193
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