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The Closing of the Metropolitan Frontier looks at mid-sized cities Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, Joliet, Moline, Peoria, Rockford, Rock Island, and Springfield, Illinois; Davenport, Iowa; Duluth, Minnesota; and Pueblo, Colorado. Elazar examines how they adapted to change during the period immediately after World War II, through the Vietnam War, and the Nixon years. He considers the roles of federal and state governments as instruments of change including their efforts to impose new standards and ways of doing business. The Closing of the Metropolitan Frontier analyzes the struggle between federalism and managerialism in the local political arena.
In his new introduction, Daniel J. Elazar discusses this volume's place as part of a forty-year study of the cities of the prairie as well as the changes and developments in that region over that forty-year span. This volume will be of great interest to economists, political scientists, and sociologists interested in the Great Society and the New Federalism and their aftermath.
Daniel J. Elazar (1934-1999) was president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, and professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of Federalism at Temple University. He authored many books including the four-volume series The Covenant Tradition in Politics, available from Transaction.
Rozann Rothman is director of the applied politics program at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. Stephen L. Schecter and Maura Allan Stein are associate professors of political science at Russell Sage College. Joseph Zikmund II is dean of the School of Letters and Sciences at Menlo College.
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|Introduction to the Transaction Edition|
|1||The Civil Community in the Federal System||17|
|2||Closing the Metropolitan Frontier||52|
|3||Political Culture and the Geology of Local Politics||82|
|4||Continuing the Generational Rhythm||112|
|5||Federalism versus Managerialism in the Civil Community||133|
|Pt. 2||Case Studies|
|6||From Industrial City to Metropolitan Civil Community: The Politics of Constitutional Change in Pueblo||163|
|7||Changing Expectations of Local Government in Light of the 1960s: The Cases of Champaign and Urbana||192|
|8||The Agricommerical Tradition on the Metropolitan Frontier: Decatur||218|
|9||The Effect of External Factors on the Medium-Sized Civil Community: The Case of Joliet||235|