Suburban Politics

Eric Oliver

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Suburban Politics


This article discusses what is known about suburban politics in the United States and what we need to do to better understand them as political communities. Suburbanization is changing the character of politics at the national, metropolitan, and local levels, but it remains unclear how these changes are occurring and what they mean for American democracy. The article proposes a new conceptual framework for understanding suburbs and their politics in the twenty-first century, and identifies areas ripe for further empirical investigation.

Keywords: suburban politics; United States; political communities; suburbanization; American democracy; conceptual framework

Article.  8114 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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