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Christopher S Parker
POL S 587
Seattle Campus

Politics of Urban Reform

Interpretations of urban reformers at turn of this century and during 1960s and 1970s. Historical and political science literature on the subject. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

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Description: Urban politics is but politics at the municipal level, democracy and the practice of democratic politics in the city. Like politics at the national and state level, urban politics is about the (re)distribution of resources and the policies designed to facilitate it. Itís about selecting representatives, including a mayor, as advocates, giving voice to oneís preferences. Urban politics also mirrors politics at the national level in other important ways, including the ways in which race, and race-related issues, lies at its center. Accordingly, in this course, we use race as a means of exploring urban politics. We will do so using multiple methodological and theoretical approaches, examining several cities.

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