In this Book

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Neil Kraus evaluates both the influence of public opinion on local policy-making and the extent to which public policy addresses economic and social inequalities. Drawing on several years of fieldwork and multiple sources of data, including surveys and polls; initiatives, referenda, and election results; government documents; focus groups; interviews; and a wide assortment of secondary sources, Kraus presents case studies of two Midwestern cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Gary, Indiana. Specifically, he focuses on several major policy decisions in recent decades concerning education, law enforcement, and affordable housing in Minneapolis; and education and riverboat casino development in Gary. Kraus finds that, on these issues, local officials frequently take action that reflects public opinion, yet the resulting policies often fail to meet the needs of the disadvantaged or ameliorate the effects of concentrated poverty. In light of citizens’ current attitudes, he concludes that if patterns of inequality are to be more effectively addressed, scholars and policymakers must transform the debate about the causes and effects of inequality in urban and metropolitan settings.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Summary, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Chapter 1 - Majoritarian Cities
  2. pp. 1-39
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  1. Chapter 2 - Patterns of Inequality, Public Attitudes, and the Cases
  2. pp. 40-68
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  1. Chapter 3 - When Political Support Is Not Enough to Reform Urban Schools
  2. pp. 69-100
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  1. Chapter 4 - Focusing Events and the Limits of Law Enforcement Reform
  2. pp. 101-130
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  1. Chapter 5 - “The Number One Issue”? The Struggle for Affordable Housing
  2. pp. 131-161
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  1. Chapter 6 - The Popularity of Gambling Meets the Need for Economic Development
  2. pp. 162-187
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  1. Chapter 7 - Democratic Control in an Impoverished, Segregated Urban School District
  2. pp. 188-211
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  1. Chapter 8 - Politics, Policy, and Inequality in Urban and Metropolitan America
  2. pp. 212-236
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 237-240
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  1. References
  2. pp. 241-262
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-274
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472029549
Print ISBN
9780472119028
MARC Record
OCLC
864551130
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2014-02-12
Language
English
Open Access
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