From our January 2015 issue: Reflections on Regime Politics From Governing Coalition to Urban Political Order

  1. Clarence N. Stone1

  1. 1George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA
  1. Clarence N. Stone, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA. Email:cnstone@gwu.edu

Abstract

With hindsight covering a quarter of a century of Regime Politics, this reflection calls for refashioning the concept of an urban regime into a more encompassing idea of a multitiered political order. As an approach to political change, cross-time comparisons suggest that periodization can highlight how forces conjoin in different ways as political development unfolds. From this perspective, there is little reason to expect to find in today’s cities a stable and cohesive governing coalition held together around a high-priority agenda. Yet the need for resources to be commensurate with policy goals and the strength of purpose in the face of an established mind-set are key lessons to be retained from the past experiences of Atlanta and other cities. While systemic inequality continues as an overarching reality, mitigating responses can be worked out in the middle ground between structure and agency.

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