The Ecology of City Policymaking

The Ecology of City Policymaking

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This work presents a new method of analyzing urban public policy. The author has created a theoretical "life-cycle" of the policy-making process in American cities, which is used to explain several crucial aspects of urban policy formulation. These aspects include how issues emerge and are placed on the agenda of local government, and how the age of cities affects the process and content of policy-making. Robert Waste's ecology model highlights the limitations and weaknesses of the processes through which urban problems such as crime, inadequate state schools, pollution, poverty and toxic waste disposal are addressed. The study aims to bridge two areas of study by providing both theoretical and case-study links between the fields of public policy and urban more

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  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 141 x 209.6 x 18.5mm | 343.38g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • line drawings, tables
  • 0195043146
  • 9780195043143

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"Imaginative use of literature and selective cases to develop a very useful theoretical framework."--Timothy D. Mead, University of North Carolina, Charlotte"An informative compilation of pragmatic, state-of-the-art political scientists....Valuable for its inclusion of the importance of exogenous influences on city policy making."--Journal of Planning Education and Research"An exceptionally rich review of the literature in the area of city policymaking....Should prove to be a useful work both for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students needing an overview of the field."--Social Science Quarterly"Dr. Waste's book provides students of urban politics an intreguing perspective on how policy is being made within contemporary urban society. His interdisciplinary focus is timely and essential for explaining who benefits from the urban policy process."--G. Mattson, University of North Florida"Waste has done a masterful job in weaving together theoretical and case study materials in a well organized, integrated, and written volume....An informative set of notes, an excellent glossary, and a useful bibliography...An excellent addition to the literature on the city policy-making process and one that will stand the test of time."--Book Reviews"Bristling with ideas and anecdotes....The authors succeed admirably."--Political Science Quarterly"My students like the text and find it readable."--John Nicolay, Central Michigan University"A sobering analysis, well presented. There is a useful appendix dealing with nuclear waste problems in Los Angeles, extensive notes, a comprehensive bibliography, and a carefully executed index. An original contribution to urban policy literature."--Choice"An excellent text for upper division undergraduate courses and for graduate classes. Forces students to rethink traditional approaches to urban policymaking. One wishes elected officials would be required to read this boo."--Darryl Paulson, University of South Florida"A well written, excellent synthesis of current policymaking literature made applicable to local government....Combines excellent blending of current theory with case analysis. My class found the book informative and enjoyable."--Roger N. Pajari, Georgia Southern Universityshow more

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