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Rogues Rebels And Rubber Stamps

Author: Dick Simpson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0429977190
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In Rogues, Rebels, and Rubber Stamps, Dick Simpson challenges and recasts current theories of Regime Politics as he chronicles the dramatic story of the civic wars in the Chicago City Council since the civil war. At the same time, the author provides a window into the broader struggle for democracy and justice.Simpson points out that through analyzing city council floor fights, battles at the ballot box, and street demonstrations, one can begin to see certain patterns of conflict emerge. These patterns demonstrate that before the Great Depression, fragmented city councils were dominant. The author also discusses how since the Democrats seized control of Chicago government after the Great Depression, Rubber Stamp City Councils have been predominant, although they have been punctuated by brief eras of council wars and chaos. This book is important for anyone wanting to understand the nature of these battles as a guideline for America's future, and is well suited for courses in urban politics, affairs and history.Rogues, Rebels, and Rubber Stamps received an Honorable Mention for the 2001 Society of Midland Authors Book Award for Adult Non-Fiction.

City Politics

Author: Dennis R. Judd
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351678817
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Praised for the clarity of its writing, careful research, and distinctive theme – that urban politics in the United States has evolved as a dynamic interaction between governmental power, private actors, and a politics of identity – City Politics remains a classic study of urban politics. Its enduring appeal lies in its persuasive explanation, careful attention to historical detail, and accessible and elegant way of teaching the complexity and breadth of urban and regional politics which unfold at the intersection of spatial, cultural, economic, and policy dynamics. Now in a thoroughly revised 10th edition, this comprehensive resource for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as well-established researchers in the discipline, retains the effective structure of past editions while offering important updates, including: All-new sections on immigration, the Black Lives Matter Movement, the downtown condo boom, and the impact of the sharing economy on urban neighborhoods (especially the rise of Airbnb). Individual chapters introducing students to pressing urban issues such as gentrification, sustainability, metropolitanization, urban crises, the creative class, shrinking cities, racial politics, and suburbanization. The most recent census data integrated throughout to provide current figures for analysis, discussion, and a more nuanced understanding of current trends. Taught on its own, or supplemented with the optional reader American Urban Politics in a Global Age for more advanced readers, City Politics remains the definitive text on urban politics – and how they have evolved in the US over time – for a new generation of students and researchers.

City Politics Pearson Etext

Author: Dennis R. Judd
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317349555
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This text provides a foundation for understanding the politics of America's cities and urban regions. Praised for the clarity of its writing, careful research, and distinctive theme - that urban politics in the United States has evolved as a dynamic interaction among governmental power, private actors, and a politics of identity - City Politics remains a classic study of urban politics.

Bulls Markets

Author: Sean Dinces
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022658335X
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The 1990s were a glorious time for the Chicago Bulls, an age of historic championships and all-time basketball greats like Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan. It seemed only fitting that city, county, and state officials would assist the team owners in constructing a sparkling new venue to house this incredible team that was identified worldwide with Chicago. That arena, the United Center, is the focus of Bulls Markets, an unvarnished look at the economic and political choices that forever reshaped one of America’s largest cities—arguably for the worse. Sean Dinces shows how the construction of the United Center reveals the fundamental problems with neoliberal urban development. The pitch for building the arena was fueled by promises of private funding and equitable revitalization in a long blighted neighborhood. However, the effort was funded in large part by municipal tax breaks that few ordinary Chicagoans knew about, and that wound up exacerbating the rising problems of gentrification and wealth stratification. In this portrait of the construction of the United Center and the urban life that developed around it, Dinces starkly depicts a pattern of inequity that has become emblematic of contemporary American cities: governments and sports franchises collude to provide amenities for the wealthy at the expense of poorer citizens, diminishing their experiences as fan and—far worse—creating an urban environment that is regulated and surveilled for the comfort and protection of that same moneyed elite.

Twenty First Century Chicago

Author: Melissa Mouritsen Zmuda
Publisher: Cognella Academic Publishing
ISBN: 9781621319658
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"Twenty-First Century Chicago" investigates the social, economic, political, and governmental conditions of Chicago in this century. While traditional anthologies on urban politics comprise stilted journal articles that place far too much emphasis on statistics, this anthology adopts a unique approach. Although it does incorporate the writings of preeminent scholars on the city of Chicago, the focus is on first-hand accounts: speeches by politicians, newspaper stories, editorials by journalists, memoirs and biographies and little known research reports advocating change. Covering metropolitan Chicago as a whole, this volume underscores the city's efforts in recent years to establish itself as a global metropolitan region and highlights the most pressing issues Chicago is facing to create a positive future in these challenging times. Dick Simpson is the author of numerous books, journal articles, book chapters, and documentary films. He is former alderman of the 44th Ward of Chicago (1971-1979) who led the opposition bloc in the Chicago City Council against Mayors Richard J. Daley and Michael Bilandic. He is Professor and former head of the Political Science Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has won the highest teaching awards available at UIC, in addition to the American Political Science Association s Pi Sigma Alpha Teaching Award. His former books on Chicago include "Rogues, Rebels, and Rubber Stamps: The Politics of the Chicago City Council from 1863 to the Present" and "Chicago s Future in a Time of Transition."Constance A. Mixon is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Urban Studies Program at Elmhurst College. Prior to joining Elmhurst College, she earned a tenured Professorship of Political and Social Sciences at the City Colleges of Chicago, where she also served as a Dean of Instruction and Director of the Honors and Illinois Scholar Programs. In 2001, she was named the Illinois Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Professor Mixon provides political analysis for Chicago news programs, including local NBC and WGN affiliates, and has moderated numerous political programs for Chicago s public television station, WYCC. Melissa Mouritsen Zmuda is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Dominican University. Her dissertation will focus on politics in Chicago s suburbs. She is a former Alderman s assistant and building and zoning consultant. She has done extensive research in Chicago politics and most recently co-authored "Continuing the Rubber Stamp Council" and "Chicago and Illinois: Leading the Pack in Corruption" which are reprinted in this book.

African Democracy And Development

Author: Cassandra Rachel Veney
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0739175491
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"The chapters in this edited volume are the result of a conference held in April 2009 at the University of Illinois at Chicago"--Introduction.