Provides a theoretical framework that accounts for how different types of cities arrive at decisions about residential growth and economic development.
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Paul G. Lewis is assistant professor of political science at Arizona State University. His previous book, Shaping Suburbia: How Political Institutions Organize Urban Development, was named an Outstanding Academic Book by Choice. Max Neiman is a senior resident scholar at the Institute of Government Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
Preface 1. Introduction: Contingent Trusteeship and the Local Governance of Growth 2. The Context for Local Choices: Growth Pressures, Fiscal Incentives, and the California Setting 3. What Type of City to Be? Evaluating Different Kinds of Growth 4. The Vision Thing: Pursuing a Future Ideal 5. Firm Ground: Competing for Businesses and Jobs 6. Hustle or Balancing Act? Regulating Residential Growth 7. Custodians of Place: Systemic Representation in Local Governance Appendix A: The Consistency of "Visions" with Other Officials' Views: Comparing Responses across Surveys Appendix B: Detailed Results of Multivariate Analyses Notes Bibliography Index
[One] of the more original works in urban politics to appear over the last several years. Choice [An] important book that should be read by students of urban politics and planning. Political Science Quarterly
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