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Theories of Urban Politics

Second Edition
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December 2008 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Anybody who thinks the study of urban politics is stagnating needs to pick up a copy of Theories of Urban Politics. Insightful analysis of scholarship on traditional topics is supplemented by chapters on nontraditional topics, including the new institutionalism, network governance, and urban leadership… If you want to keep up with cutting-edge debates in urban studies, the Davies and Imbroscio volume is essential." 
Todd Swanstrom, Saint Louis University

Fully expanded and updated, the Second Edition of the successful Theories of Urban Politics provides the reader with a comprehensive introduction to and evaluation of the theoretical approaches to urban governance.

Restructured into four new parts - Power, Governance, Citizens, Challenges - the Second Edition reflects developments in the field over the last decade, with newly commissioned chapters updating and adding to the theoretical material included in the First Edition.

With contributions from many of the key figures in urban theory today, this text will be required reading on all urban politics, urban planning and public administration courses.

"Many colleagues have told us that our edition of Theories of Urban Politics provided great insights and grounding to students and seasoned researchers alike. We are delighted that so able a successor has emerged. Those that study urban politics need to be challenged and inspired by theory and this book delivers a powerful update for urban scholars." David Judge, Gerry Stoker and Harold Wolman, Editors of the First Edition

"This long-awaited sequel to the pioneering First Edition updates debates and developments through an excellent collection of entirely new essays contributed by some of the leading academics in the field. A special feature of the volume is that it links concerns in urban politics in North America and Europe. An excellent read." —Professor David Wilson, De Montfort University


Jonathan S Davies and David l Imbroscio
Introduction: Urban Politics in the 21st Century
 
PART ONE: PROLOGUE
Peter John
Why Study Urban Politics?
 
PART TWO: POWER
Alan Harding
The History of Community Power
Karen Mossberger
Urban Regime Analysis
Mike Geddes
Marxism and Urban Politics
Serena Katoaka
'Posty' Urban Political Theory
 
PART THREE: GOVERNANCE
Vivien Lowndes
New Institutionalism and Urban Politics
Hank Savitch and Ron K Vogel
Regionalism and Urban Politics
Steven Greasley and Gerry Stoker
Urban Political Leadership
Anne Mette Kjaer
Governance and Urban Bureaucracy
Richard Stren
Globalization and Urbanism in the Non-Western World
 
PART FOUR: CITIZENS
Mara S Sidney
Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion
J Phillip Thompson
Race and Urban Political Theory
Judith A Garber
Gender and Sexuality
Helen Sullivan
Social Capital
Gordana Rabrenovic
Urban Social Movements
 
PART FIVE: CHALLENGES
Clarence N Stone
Who is Governed? Local Citizens and the Political Order of Cities

'Connects the best traditions of urban political theory with important new contributions on emerging themes. This completely revised second edition is an invaluable book for new students and established scholars. It is accessible, theoretically rich, and maps out an exciting and challenging research agenda. It will spend more time open and on the desk, than closed and on the bookshelf!' - Professor Chris Skelcher, University of Birmingham

'Many colleagues have told us that our edition of Theories of Urban Politics provided great insights and grounding to students and seasoned researchers alike. We are delighted that so able a successor has emerged. Those that study urban politics need to be challenged and inspired by theory and this book delivers a powerful update for urban scholars' - David Judge, Gerry Stoker and Harold Wolman, Editors of the First Edition

'This long-awaited sequel to the pioneering First Edition updates debates and developments through an excellent collection of entirely new essays contributed by some of the leading academics in the field. A special feature of the volume is that it links concerns in urban politics in North America and Europe. An excellent read' - Professor David Wilson, De Montfort University


The scope and coverage of this book is in congruence with my course's supplementary reading needs. I will offer it to my students

Dr SAVAS SAHIN
POLITICS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, Atilim University
July 4, 2012

This is an excellent reader which covers a ranges of pertinent pertinent historical and contemporary themes. This 2nd edition will provide a good starting point for students studying urban policies, governance etc.

Dr Mike Dolton
Dept of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London
September 2, 2010

overviw of various perspecitves and theoretial understandings of urban spaces. Postgraduate level.

Mr Robert Grimm
Dept of Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University
July 15, 2010

Useful book that is applicable beyond political science.

Dr Amini Kamete
Environment & Natural Resources, University of Wales, Bangor
July 7, 2010

excellent follow-up and integration to the first edition, an indispensable reference

Professor Enrico Gualini
Urban Studies , University of Technology - Berlin
December 8, 2009

A very useful resource in explaining the policy making process at a local level.

Mr Paul Salisbury
Physical Education , College of St Mark and St John
October 29, 2009

Excellent theoretical introduction. Clear and wide-ranging coverage of major approaches. Provides topical and very well-written discussion of central issues in urban theory.

Dr Tony Manzi
Urban Studies , University of Westminster
October 23, 2009

New to this edition:

  • restructured into four new parts - Power, Governance, Citizens, and Challenges
  • reflects developments in the field over the last decade
  • newly commissioned chapters updating and adding to the theoretical material

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction PDF

Chapter One PDF


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