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Reconstructing City Politics
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Reconstructing City Politics
Alternative Economic Development and Urban Regimes

First Edition

Volume: 1
Other Titles in:
Planning (General)

March 1997 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In this book, David L Imbroscio urges that urban political economy must move forward beyond the question of `what is?' to a consideration of `what might be'. He systematically poses the possibilities for reconstructing the nature of contemporary city politics, while integrating a wealth of innovative urban analysis. The author explores three alternative urban economic development strategies: entrepreneurial mercantilism, community-based economic development and municipal enterprise. He considers whether these strategies are likely to be effective for bringing about urban economic vitality and whether it is feasible for cities to pursue these efforts in the current political economic context. By addressing these questions, Imbroscio reaches conclusions about the possibilities for a successful and sustainable reconstruction of US city politics.
 
PART ONE: BACKGROUND
 
Empirical and Normative Foundations
 
Reconstituting Urban Regimes
 
PART TWO: ANALYSIS
 
The Entrepreneurial-Mercantilist Strategy
 
The Community-Based Strategy
 
The Municipal-Enterprise Strategy
 
PART THREE: CONCLUSIONS
 
Toward a Reconstructed City Politics?

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