Policy Making and Inequality in Urban Politics
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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Summary, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Preface and Acknowledgments
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This book has taken over ten years to write, and I have incurred numerous debts along the way. When I was growing up, my parents sparked my interest in the subject matter. Many years ago, my father and late mother, Donald and Noreen Kraus, initiated a conversation about politics and government that continues to the present day....
Chapter 1 - Majoritarian Cities
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After the 1990 census was published, Minneapolis leaders worried about what was happening to their city. In fact, many were afraid that the city would lose its "status as one of the most livable urban communities in the nation" (Goetz 2003, 94). The census showed that population trends that had begun to affect dozens of other Northern and Midwestern cities...
Chapter 2 - Patterns of Inequality, Public Attitudes, and the Cases
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Chapter 2 provides critical background for the chapters that follow. First, I will briefly discuss the how the subject of economic inequality is addressed in some of the recent literature on regionalism, and identify the similarities between my approach and that of the new regionalists. Following this, I will outline contemporary national data on patterns of inequality ...
Chapter 3 - When Political Support Is Not Enough to Reform Urban Schools
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For much of the history of Minneapolis, the schools were the pride and joy of city residents. But in recent years the district finds itself struggling with the interconnected issues of racial and economic segregation and the lower academic achievement characteristic of these patterns. The children of better-off residents, particularly those living in the southwest section of ...
Chapter 4 - Focusing Events and the Limits of Law Enforcement Reform
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This chapter addresses the politics of law enforcement in Minneapolis through the lens of three focusing events: the social unrest of the 1960s and early 1970s in north Minneapolis and at the University of Minnesota; the accidental death of an innocent elderly Black couple during a failed 1989 Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) drug raid; and a small-scale riot in ...
Chapter 5 - “The Number One Issue”? The Struggle for Affordable Housing
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This chapter chronicles the politics of affordable housing in Minneapolis over the last two decades, including the creation and implementation of the city's Neighborhood Revitalization Program, the ongoing struggle to get the city council and the mayor to adopt substantive measures related to affordable housing, and the election and subsequent administration of ...
Chapter 6 - The Popularity of Gambling Meets the Need for Economic Development
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This chapter examines the process of locating riverboat casinos in Gary in the mid-1990s. The two main issues addressed are the level of public support for the casino proposal as well as the tangible impact of the casinos on the city and region. In recent decades, several forms of legalized gambling have become increasingly common across the United States. Further, as...
Chapter 7 - Democratic Control in an Impoverished, Segregated Urban School District
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This chapter discusses the story of the Gary schools over the last several decades. I highlight the unequal outcomes in the school system that first became apparent with the racial segregation of African American students in the mid-twentieth century, but have more recently become associated with most schools as a result of the substantial levels of poverty and racial...
Chapter 8 - Politics, Policy, and Inequality in Urban and Metropolitan America
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The conclusion summarizes the major findings of the book and re-states the argument. I also discuss implications of my argument in terms of urban policy and politics, and conclude with an analysis of the relationship between democratic processes and inequality in metropolitan America....
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Page Count: 296
Publication Year: 2013