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Author Kraus, Neil, 1968-

Title Majoritarian cities : policy making and inequality in urban politics / Neil Kraus.

Publication Info. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2013]


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Description 1 online resource (285 pages)
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Neil Kraus evaluates both the influence of public opinion on local policy-making and the extent to which public policy addresses economic and social inequalities. Drawing on several years of fieldwork and multiple sources of data, including surveys and polls; initiatives, referenda, and election results; government documents; focus groups; interviews; and a wide assortment of secondary sources, Kraus presents case studies of two Midwestern cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Gary, Indiana. Specifically, he focuses on several major policy decisions in recent decades concerning education, law enforcement, and affordable housing in Minneapolis; and education and riverboat casino development in Gary. Kraus finds that, on these issues, local officials frequently take action that reflects public opinion, yet the resulting policies often fail to meet the needs of the disadvantaged or ameliorate the effects of concentrated poverty. In light of citizens' current attitudes, he concludes that if patterns of inequality are to be more effectively addressed, scholars and policymakers must transform the debate about the causes and effects of inequality in urban and metropolitan settings"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Description based on print version record.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2016. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Local government -- United States -- Public opinion.
Metropolitan government -- United States -- Public opinion.
Municipal services -- United States -- Public opinion.
Metropolitan government -- United States.
Public opinion -- United States.
Urban policy -- United States.
Metropolitan government -- Indiana -- Gary -- Case studies.
Metropolitan government -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Kraus, Neil. Majoritarian cities : policy making and inequality in urban politics. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2013] x, 274 pages 9780472119028 (DLC)17884620
ISBN 9780472119028 (hardback)
9780472029549 (e-book)

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