Urban Politics

  • Terry Nichols Clark
  • Rachel Harvey
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Cities have long been on the cutting edge of change. They are analytical windows for social, political, economic, and cultural dynamics, such as globalization. Urban regions are an accessible laboratory for broader questions since cities are smaller and vary more than nations on a range of socio-economic processes. While we consider local governments of all sizes in this chapter, for the sake of clarity and simplicity, we use the term urban or city to refer to that scale of politics. Such a designation fits with most empirical work on local politics since this research largely focuses on mid-sized to larger cities.


Local Government Welfare State Social Movement Political Culture Blue Collar Worker 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Terry Nichols Clark
    • 1
  • Rachel Harvey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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