- 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, which analyzes models of policy agenda setting that mostly built and applied to national policymaking, both in the United States and abroad, suggests that the divergence in scholarship is detrimental to theorizing on city politics and policy, and to the understanding of agenda dynamics and policy change. It argues that the complex dance between institutional change and policy change which is so prevalent in national-level research on the policy process does not end at the city limits. The article also proposes a research strategy that may help refocus our understanding of urban politics and contribute profitably to theories of policy agenda setting.
Joshua Sapotichne is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University.
Bryan D. Jones is the J. J. Pickle Chair of Congressional Studies in the Department of Government at the University of Texas-Austin.
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