Power in the City: Clarence Stone and the Politics of by Marion Orr, Valerie C. Johnson

By Marion Orr, Valerie C. Johnson

A number one theorist in city politics, Clarence Stone redefined the sector along with his prize-winning publication Regime Politics and is now said because the father of "regime analysis." Over the process 4 many years, he has tested political strength and management, race and politics, and the politics of social reform in city settings via writings that experience critiqued, debated, and recast huge questions on democracy and inequality.

This publication collects ten vintage articles and essays through Stone to create a succinct reader in city politics. It encompasses theoretical paintings on city political strength; examinations of political management in neighborhood politics; issues of race, classification, and political energy in Atlanta; and writings at the politics of social reform and concrete regeneration. those items offer a version for integrating empiricism with idea, supply Stone's personal reflections on his idea, and reveal the evolution of his thought.

The quantity additionally gains 3 new items. The editors' creation presents an insightful evaluate of where of city politics in political technological know-how and an summary of Stone's contributions to the sector. Stone himself offers a new essay that paints a imaginative and prescient for a brand new city time table, utilizing the regime suggestion as a base on which to construct for the long run. And Jennifer Hochschild's concluding bankruptcy assesses Stone's paintings and lays out substitute views, finding his scholarship inside of political technology and mentioning its many strengths in addition to a few of its omissions.

This assortment reminds these attracted to discourse approximately democracy, illustration, inequality, justice, and tool of the benefits that learning towns can deliver to those very important matters. It additionally serves to redirect urbanists to big foundational facets of the city regime framework and may stand because the legacy of the main influential theorist in his box.

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In the evening of Robert Moses' forty-four years of power, New York, so bright with promise forty-four years before, was a city in chaos and despair. His highways and bridges and tunnels were awesome—taken as a whole the most awesome urban improvement in the history of mankind—but no aspect of those highways and bridges and tunnels was as awesome as the congestion on them. " He had built great monuments and great parks, but people were afraid to travel to or walk around them. For all these reasons, this book attempts to tell two stories at once: how New York, forty years ago a very different city from the city it is today, became Wait Until the Evening 21 what it has become; and how the idealistic Robert Moses became what he has become.

They are the very epitome of prudence, efficiency, economy. And they have another advantage over conventional governmental institutions as well. Since they finance their projects through the sale of revenue bonds to private investors, they therefore build these projects without using any public funds. Projects built by authorities, he said, cost the taxpayers nothing. These statements were believed implicitly for almost forty years by the public to which they were made. And this is not surprising.

His constituency was not the public but some of the most powerful men in the city and state, and he kept these men in line by doling out to them, as Tammany ward bosses once handed out turkeys to the poor at Thanksgiving, the goodies in which such men were interested, the sugar plums of public relations retainers, insurance commissions and legal fees. This man, personally honest in matters of money, became the locus of corruption in New York City. Robert Moses made himself the ward boss of the inner circle, the bankroller of the Four Hundred of politics.

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