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By Richard Schragger

In 2013, Detroit filed the biggest municipal financial ruin in US background. That doubtful honor marked the top of an extended decline, in which urban leaders slashed municipal expenses and desperately sought to draw deepest funding. that very same yr, an economically resurgent big apple urban elected a revolutionary mayor cause on lowering source of revenue inequality and spurring extra equitable monetary improvement. even if Mayor invoice de Blasio realizes his legislative imaginative and prescient, his schedule increases a primary query: can American towns govern, or are they powerless within the face of world capital? traditional financial knowledge asserts that towns can't do greatly. traditional political knowledge asserts that towns will not be do very much.

In City Power, Richard Schragger demanding situations either those claims, arguing that towns can govern, yet provided that we allow them to. long ago decade, urban leaders throughout the USA have raised the minimal salary, elevated social providers, positioned stipulations on incoming improvement, and differently engaged in social welfare redistribution. those towns haven't suffered from capital flight - actually, many are experiencing an monetary renaissance. Schragger argues that the diversity of urban regulations isn't restricted by way of the necessities of capital, yet as a substitute by means of a constitutional constitution that serves the pursuits of country and federal officers. conserving vulnerable towns is a political choice.

City Power exhibits how towns can govern regardless of constitutional boundaries - and why we should always wish them to. In an period of worldwide capital, municipal energy is extra proper than ever to citizen health. A dynamic imaginative and prescient of urban politics for the hot city age, City Power demonstrates that the town might be on the very middle of our monetary, criminal, and political thinking.

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