This text provides a foundation for understanding the politics of America's cities and urban regions.
Praised for the clarity of its writing, careful research, and distinctive theme - that urban politics in the United States has evolved as a dynamic interaction among governmental power, private actors, and a politics of identity - City Politics remains a classic study of urban politics.
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Dennis R. Judd is a professor in the Department of Political Science and Fellow in the Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago. For many years he has been a major contributor to the literature on urban economic development, national urban policy, and urban regeneration in Europe and the United States; two books from this research program include Regenerating the Cities: The UK Crisis and the US Experience (co-edited with Michael Parkinson and Bernard Foley; Manchester University Press, 1988), and Leadership and Urban Regeneration: Cities in North America and Europe (co-edited with Michael Parkinson; Sage, 1990). He is co-author of a leading textbook in the field of urban politics, City Politics (8th edition, Longman, 2011), and served as editor of the leading journal in urban affairs, the Urban Affairs Review, from 1985 to 2002. More recently he has been engaged in a sustained research program on tourism as an instrument for urban revitalization; publications include The Tourist City (co-edited with Susan Fainstein; Yale University Press, 1999), The Infrastructure of Play (edited; M.E. Sharpe, 2003), and Cities and Visitors (co-edited with Susan Fainstein and Lily Hoffman; Blackwell, 2004). His most recent book is The City, Revisited (co-edited with Dick Simpson). Currently he is working a book examining the tourist strategy to revitalize Chicago’s lakefront, and is leading a collaborative project on the policy problems of the Great Basin Desert in the American West. In 1997 he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and in 1998 he received the Career Achievement Award from the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. In 2013 the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association honored him by naming its annual best book award the Dennis Judd Best Book Award in Urban Politics.
Todd R. Swanstrom has a Masters from Washington University in Political Science and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in Politics. The author or co-author of six books and over twenty-five scholarly articles, Professor Swanstrom also served as a neighborhood planner for the City of Cleveland and as Staff Director of Strategic Planning for the City of Albany. He is co-author of the prize-winning book, Place Matters: Metropolitics for the Twenty-first Century, rev. ed. (University Press of Kansas, 2005), which examines the relationship between urban decline and suburban sprawl. Recently, he has published articles on the prospects for alliances between central cities and distressed suburbs, economic segregation among municipalities, different ways of measuring poverty, and the development of a regional greenway in St. Louis. His current research focuses on metropolitan approaches to equity and theories of regional network governance. He is also doing research on the responses to foreclosures in six metropolitan areas and efforts to open up construction jobs to women and minorities. He is a member of the MacArthur Foundation's Building Resilient Regions Network which is working to build the field of regional studies and translate scholarly research for practitioners.
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