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"One of the major strengths of this text is that Saltzstein is presenting an analysis; the student reader is exposed to an argument, which Saltzstein advances in a sophisticated and well documented manner. He does so with a writing style that is clear, readable, and engaging. Saltzstein in dealing with important issues and he clearly demonstrates the relevance of his analysis to those issues... Saltzstein writes as a very knowledgeable and responsible social scientist carefully anchoring his analysis in social science findings. When he offers conclusion they are firmly based on solid empirical findings."
"Few urban politics/government books devote as much attention as this one to urbanization and associated trends (Chs. 2 and 3); to urban riots (Ch. 8);" Jefferson's and Madison's influence on the thinking about local government (Ch. 4) "and to the urban political machine. . . . I was particularly pleased to see a brief discussion in Chapter 9 about the Internet and its uses in local government."