- 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
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This article provides an overview of urban governance as a theory and research field in urban politics. It explains that urban governance as an analytical model emerged alongside this normative redefinition of the role of local government and suggests that it is more apt to describe the relationships between the complexities of the contemporary local government organization, particularly in bigger cities and their equally complex local environment. The article also argues that collaborative forms of urban governance can be considered as a strategy of purchasing organizational capabilities at the expense of some of the traditional values associated with democracy.
B. Guy Peters, Maurice Falk Professor of American Government and Research Professor at the University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.
Jon Pierre is Professor of Political Science, University of Gothenburg and Adjunct Professor, University of Nordland, Norway.
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