- Studying Politics in an Urban World: Research Traditions and New Directions
- Intralocal Competition and Cooperation
- Urban Politics and the New Institutionalism
- Urban Governance
- Elections and Policy Responsiveness
- Urban Politics as Multilevel Analysis
- Cities in Intergovernmental Systems
- Bureaucracy and Democracy in Local Government
- Reforming Local Government Institutions and the New Public Management
- A Place to Party?: Parties and Nonpartisanship in Local Government
- Local Democracy and Citizenship
- Neighborhoods and Civic Practice
- Social Movements in Urban Politics: Trends in Research and Practice
- Social Capital
- The Centrality of Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Cities and Towns
- Poverty and Social Exclusion
- Polarization and Enclaves in Cities
- Immigrant Incorporation into Urban Politics
- Cultural Conflicts, Religion, and Urban Politics
- What Cities Do: How Much Does Urban Policy Matter?
- Setting City Agendas: Power and Policy Change
- The Politics of Urban Growth and Decline
- Competitive Cities
- Urban Violence in the United States and France: Comparing Los Angeles (1992) and Paris (2005)
- Cities and the Politics of Sustainability
- Justice, Urban Politics, and Policy
- Cities and Politics in the Developing World: Why Decentralization Matters
- The Wired City: A New Face of Power?: A Citizen Perspective
- Suburban Politics
- Building Metropolitan Institutions
- Emerging Research Agendas
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines how much urban policy matters, and the effects of urban policy on outcomes related to the well-being of residents of the local government that generates the policy. It describes what city governments do and how that differs across Western nations. The article investigates why policies produced by urban governments might matter in terms of outcomes and reviews the literature on the effect of institutional choice on outcomes.
Harold Wolman is Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration and Director of the George Washington Institute of Public Policy at the George Washington University.
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