What Cities Do: How Much Does Urban Policy Matter?

Harold Wolman

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 What Cities Do: How Much Does Urban Policy Matter?

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This article examines how much urban policy matters, and the effects of urban policy on outcomes related to the well-being of residents of the local government that generates the policy. It describes what city governments do and how that differs across Western nations. The article investigates why policies produced by urban governments might matter in terms of outcomes and reviews the literature on the effect of institutional choice on outcomes.

Keywords: urban policy; local government; Western nations; urban governments; outcomes; institutional choice

Article.  10284 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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