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Reconstructing City Politics
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Reconstructing City Politics
Alternative Economic Development and Urban Regimes

First Edition

Volume: 1

February 1997 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Almost two decades of research in U.S. city politics has produced a compelling empirical account of the nature of urban governance revolving around the alliance of business interests and local public officials. In Reconstructing City Politics, author David L. Imbroscio urges that urban political economy must now move forward beyond the question of "what is?" to a consideration of "what might be?" He systematically poses the possibilities for reconstructing the nature of contemporary city politics, while integrating a wealth of innovative urban analysis. To bring about this reconstruction, Imbroscio explores three comprehensive alternative urban economic development strategies--entrepreneurial mercantilism, community based economic development, and municipal enterprise. He considers whether these three strategies are likely to be effective for bringing about urban economic vitality and whether it is feasible for cities to pursue these efforts in the current political economic context. By addressing these questions, Imbroscio is able to reach conclusions about the possibilities for a successful and sustainable reconstruction of U.S. city politics. This important volume will be vital for professionals and and researchers in urban planning, urban studies, urban and regional economics, as well as urban politics.

 
PART ONE: BACKGROUND
 
Empirical and Normative Foundations
 
Reconstituting Urban Regimes
 
PART TWO: ANALYSIS
 
The Entrepreneurial-Mercantilist Strategy
 
The Community-Based Strategy
 
The Municipal-Enterprise Strategy
 
PART THREE: CONCLUSIONS
 
Toward a Reconstructed City Politics?

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