The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of the major areas of scholarly inquiry in the legal, political, fiscal and administrative frameworks of municipal governments. The course begins with an overview of theoretical foundations and systems model of urban politics. Contemporary approaches to studying municipal government from a political economy or regime perspective are given special attention. The remainder of the course is divided into two major areas of inquiry, comprising urban political institutions, and political behavior and processes in urban settings. Each participant is expected to take an active role in leading discussion of assigned articles. Each participant will complete a project on a significant topic in municipal governance and politics.

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