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The Contested City - John Hull Mollenkopf

Paperback Published: 21st November 1983
ISBN: 9780691022208
Number Of Pages: 344

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Over the last five decades American cities have been transformed as profoundly and tumultuously as they were during the industrial
revolution. In contrast to that earlier era, this contemporary transformation has been stimulated and guided by governmental intervention. John H. Mollenkopf analyzes the government programs and the supporting political coalitions that made this intervention possible. His book shows how the success of these programs, developed largely by urban liberal Democrats, led to new conflicts that ultimately undermined urban development policy.

Using Boston and San Francisco as case studies, the author shows how urban development programs influenced and were influenced by big-city politics. He denies that the current impasse in national politics and urban development stems from technical inadequacies in existing policies. Instead, he argues, it results from failure to reconcile the conflicting interests of dominant urban economic institutions and the urban populace--a failure that led not only to the collapse of the postwar urban development consensus but to the disarray of the Democratic party itself. His suggestions as to how consensus can be restored will fascinate anyone concerned with the future of American politics and the American city.

Industry Reviews

"John Mollenkopf has written the most comprehensive book to date on the political analysis of contemporary American urbanization... The result is a tightly presented, well-written text that conveys forcefully several key ideas on the evolution of cities and politics in the US... Mollenkopf's work is an additional reason for considering this book a very important contribution to the field of urban politics."--International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

List of Tablesp. vii
List of Figuresp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Overview of the Argumentp. 12
The New Deal and After: The Political Determination of Federal Urban Policyp. 47
The Conservative Response to Democratic Urban Program Expansion and the Construction of an Alternative Policy Emphasisp. 97
Forging Progrowth Coalitions in Urban Politics: Boston and San Franciscop. 139
Consequences of the Neighborhood Revolt against Renewalp. 180
Contrasting Paths Toward the Postindustrial City: The Northeast Versus the Southwestp. 213
Rebuilding Progrowth Politics?p. 254
Notesp. 301
Indexp. 325
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ISBN: 9780691022208
ISBN-10: 0691022208
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 21st November 1983
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 13.72  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.32