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Urban Reform and Its Consequences A Study in Representation

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ISBN-10: 0226893006

ISBN-13: 9780226893006

Edition: 1988

Authors: Susan Welch, Timothy Bledsoe

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Throughout this century, reformers have fought to eliminate party control of city politics. As a result, the majority of American cities today elect council members in at-large and nonpartisan elections. This result of the turn-of-the-century Progressive movement, which worked for election rules that eliminated the power of the urban machine and the working class on which it was based, is today still a subject of lively debate. For example, in the mid-1980s, regular Democrats in Chicago sought to institute a nonpartisan mayoral election. Supporters thought that reform would make the electoral process more democratic, while opponents charged that it was meant to dilute the voting powers of…    
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/16/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 174
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Urban Reform and Its Impact: What We Know
Analyzing the Consequences of Reform: Our Study
Election Structures and Council Members' Socioeconomic and Partisan Characteristics
The Impact of Election Structures on the Members' Relationships to Their Constituencies
The Impact of Election Structures on Policy Representation: The Policy Attitudes of Council Members and the Policy Process on the Council
Separating Fact from Fiction in Evaluating the Impact of Urban Reform
Notes
References
Name Index
Subject Index