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Social class, politics, and urban markets : the makings of bias in policy outcomes / Herman L. Boschken
Bib ID 2121823
Format BookBook
Author
Boschken, Herman L
 
Description Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2002 
xvi, 220 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0804744130
Summary

"This book is about the policymaking of public agencies in large American cities. Based on a decade of research, it studies urban mass transit in terms of the factors that bias the industry's policy outcomes to benefit one public or another. Why is there a great variance of outcomes among agencies? What are the important taproots of bias in policymaking? How does the pattern of outcomes correspond to the American mosaic of public interests?" "The book's second - broader and more important - purpose is to demonstrate the value of social science theory in making sense of urban processes and the responsiveness of governmental policymaking in a plural society. The book analyzes the applicability of six rival theses - derived from political science, economics, administrative theory, sociology, social psychology, and urban planning - to understanding the forces that mold policymaking in American metropolitan areas."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Pt. I. Skewing Outcomes in Agency Policymaking
  • 1. Urban Settings: The Origins of Bias in Policy Outcomes
  • 2. Policy Outcomes from a Multiple-Constituencies Perspective
  • Pt. II. Rival Theses
  • 3. The Upper-Middle-Class Genre and Other Socioeconomic Influences
  • 4. Institutionalism and the Politics of Intergovernmental Exchange
  • 5. Markets, Technology, and Urban Spatial Form
  • Pt. III. Results, Analysis, and Implications
  • 6. Determining Outcomes: What Matters Most?
  • 7. Paths of Indirect Relationships: Rival or Complementary Theses?
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Local transit - Government policy - United States.  |  Local transit - United States - Finance.

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