The Opening of the Cybernetic Frontier
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The Opening of the Cybernetic Frontier : Cities of the Prairie

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The Opening of the Cybernetic Frontier is the third in-J. stallment in the Cities of the Prairie project. It completes an ongoing multi-generational, comparative study of ten medium-sized communities located in five Prairie and Plains states--Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Colorado. This long-term study was initiated by Daniel J. Elazar in 1959 to develop a comprehensive theory explaining and forecasting the development of the civil community based upon the changing relationship between internal developments and external factors. In this new volume, Elazar and his colleagues trace developments in these communities during the 1980s and 1990s. The study examines how local communities function politically, socially, and economically, and then analyzes the impact that regional, national, and international trends and patterns have on local political systems in general and the cities of the prairie in particular. It revisits these communities at the dawning of a new frontier, the city-cybernetic frontier, which is characterized by a knowledge-intensive economic base made possible by computer and communication technologies. Changing technology has accelerated the settlement patterns that emerged after World War II. Ongoing population sprawl means that individuals are leaving the suburbs to live in the exurbs and beyond, creating a citybelt phenomenon that relies upon new technologies.show more

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  • Hardback | 390 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 33mm | 680.4g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 0765802015
  • 9780765802019

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-This is the third and final work in a sequence begun in 1970--a comparative study of medium-sized Midwestern metropolitan areas to learn how local governance evolves over time. Daniel Elazar, now deceased, was the lead researcher, assisted by colleagues in the Center for the Study of Federalism. These communities, which are briefly profiled, are now part of the -rurban-cybernetic frontier- of cultural, economic, and technological change that challenges their capability for self-government... This is a competent study overall, a counterpoint to the -regime- concept common in the study of urban politics. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduate collections and above.- --W. C. Johnson, Choice "This is the third and final work in a sequence begun in 1970--a comparative study of medium-sized Midwestern metropolitan areas to learn how local governance evolves over time. Daniel Elazar, now deceased, was the lead researcher, assisted by colleagues in the Center for the Study of Federalism. These communities, which are briefly profiled, are now part of the "rurban-cybernetic frontier" of cultural, economic, and technological change that challenges their capability for self-government... This is a competent study overall, a counterpoint to the "regime" concept common in the study of urban politics. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduate collections and above." --W. C. Johnson, Choice "This is the third and final work in a sequence begun in 1970--a comparative study of medium-sized Midwestern metropolitan areas to learn how local governance evolves over time. Daniel Elazar, now deceased, was the lead researcher, assisted by colleagues in the Center for the Study of Federalism. These communities, which are briefly profiled, are now part of the "rurban-cybernetic frontier" of cultural, economic, and technological change that challenges their capability for self-government... This is a competent study overall, a counterpoint to the "regime" concept common in the study of urban politics. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduate collections and above." --W. C. Johnson, Choice "This is the third and final work in a sequence begun in 1970--a comparative study of medium-sized Midwestern metropolitan areas to learn how local governance evolves over time. Daniel Elazar, now deceased, was the lead researcher, assisted by colleagues in the Center for the Study of Federalism. These communities, which are briefly profiled, are now part of the "rurban-cybernetic frontier" of cultural, economic, and technological change that challenges their capability for self-government... This is a competent study overall, a counterpoint to the "regime" concept common in the study of urban politics. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduate collections and above." --W. C. Johnson, Choiceshow more