Handbook of Research on Urban Politics and Policy in the United States

Handbook of Research on Urban Politics and Policy in the United States

Handbook of Research on Urban Politics and Policy in the United States

Handbook of Research on Urban Politics and Policy in the United States

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The aim of this handbook is to provide a way to access research on urban politics and policy in the United States. Experts were solicited to write review chapters guiding readers through major controversies and evaluating and assessing the subfields of urban politics and policy. Each chapter more or less follows the same basic pattern: First, an overview of the field and how it has evolved is presented. Then the major methodological issues and/or theoretical issues of concern to researchers are considered. This is followed by the current state of the field and directions for future research.

The book is targeted toward three main audiences: the undergraduate and graduate student in urban studies--sociology, political science, or urban and public affairs; the urban scholar--faculty or researchers in academic settings; and urban administrators or practitioners--policy analysts, public officials, or staff attempting to solve local problems.

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in urban studies programs or courses in urban politics or urban sociology are confronted with a multidisciplinary field. When they undertake research for term papers or prepare for comprehensive exams, there are few reference sources to guide their search for relevant materials. This handbook provides a starting place to guide students to the most important works in a particular subfield of urban studies and a context to place their work in a larger body of knowledge.

Urban scholars also need a reference work that can immediately familiarize them with major subfields of the discipline. Urban studies is by definition an interdisciplinary field. For example, inner-city revitalization involves economic development, urban development, neighborhood organization, government, crime, transportation, and so on. Urbanists are hard-pressed to stay on top of all aspects of other fields with which they may have little experience. Frequently . . .

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