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CQ Press Guide to Urban Politics and Policy in the United States

by Christine Palus and Richardson Dilworth CQ Press
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The CQ Press Guide to Urban Politics and Policy in the United States will bring the CQ Press reference guide approach to topics in urban politics and policy in the United States.  If the old adage that “all politics is local” is even partially true, then cities are important centers for political activity and for the delivery of public goods and services.  U.S. cities are diverse in terms of their political and economic development, demographic makeup, governance structures, and public policies.  Yet there are some durable patterns across American cities, too.  


Despite differences in governance and/or geographic size, most cities face similar challenges in the management of public finances, the administration of public safety, and education.  And all U.S. cities have a similar legal status within the federal system.  This reference guide will help students understand how American cities (from old to new) have developed over time (Part I), how the various city governance structures allocate power across city officials and agencies (Part II), how civic and social forces interact with the organs of city government and organize to win control over these organs and/or their policy outputs (Part III), and what patterns of public goods and services cities produce for their residents (Part IV).  The thematic and narrative structure allows students to dip into a topic in urban politics for deeper historical and comparative context than would be possible in either an A-to-Z encyclopedia entry or in an urban studies course text.





  • Approximately 40 chapters organized in major thematic parts in one volume available in both print and electronic formats.

  • Front matter includes an Introduction by the Editors along with biographical backgrounds about the Editors and the Contributing Authors.

  • Back matter includes a compilation of relevant topical data or tabular presentation of major historical developments (population grown; size of city budgets; etc.) or historical figures (e.g., mayors), a bibliographic essay, and a detailed index.

  • Sidebars are provided throughout, and chapters conclude with References & Further Readings and Cross References to related chapters (as links in the e-version).


This Guide is a valuable reference on the topics in urban politics and policy in the United States. The thematic and narrative structure allows researchers to dip into a topic in urban politics for a deeper historical and comparative context than would be possible in either an A-to-Z encyclopedia entry or in an urban studies course text.





Christine Kelleher Palus - Villanova University Christine Kelleher Palus (Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. Dr. Palus’s research focuses on state and local government and public management. Her work has been published in numerous outlets, including the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, State and Local Government Review, Urban Affairs Review, and American Review of Public Administration, among others. As Graduate Dean, Dr. Palus oversees all graduate programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Prior to her current appointment, she served as Graduate Program Director and Chair for the Department of Public Administration.  


Richardson Dilworth - Drexel University, USA Richardson Dilworth (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University) is Professor of Politics and Director of the Center for Public Policy at Drexel University. His research focuses on urban political development and urban public policy. He is the author of The Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy (2005) and the editor of Cities in American Political History (CQ Press, 2011), The City in American Political Development (Routledge, 2009), and Social Capital in the City: Community and Civic Life in Philadelphia (Temple University Press, 2006). In 2008, he was a visiting scholar at the Legislative Office for Research Liaison of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and in 2009 a visiting scholar at the Center for Environmental Policy at the Academy of Natural Sciences. In 2008, he was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to serve on the Philadelphia Historical Commission, where he is chair of the Historic Designation Committee. He is also the Director of Drexel’s Center for Public Policy (CPP). The CPP supports interdisciplinary policy-oriented scholarship among Drexel faculty and other external affiliates and engages students in this research through its Master of Science in Public Policy degree program.