- 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 the political aspects of urban growth and decline. It explains that the politics of urban growth and decline involves governments at all levels in addressing the complexity of socioeconomic change in specific places. The article reviews the literature and arguments that have emerged over the last two decades about the politics of urban policy in Europe and North America, and considers the debates about the emergence of a stronger economic dimension to urban policy. It also discusses the economic sources and impacts of recent urban growth, and identifies the political processes that contribute to urban success.
Paul Kantor is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Fordham University.
Ivan Turok is Deputy Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa, and Honorary Professor at the Universities of Glasgow and Cape Town.
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