Ideology and the Urban Crisis

By Peter J. Steinberger

Subjects: Urban Studies
Series: SUNY series in Urban Public Policy
Paperback : 9780873959575, 175 pages, June 1985
Hardcover : 9780873959568, 175 pages, June 1985

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Table of contents


1. Ideology and the Urban Crisis

2. The Managerial Mood

3. Community and Participation

4. Possessive-Individualism

5. Toward a Philosophy of Urban Politics



Ideology and the Urban Crisis explores the philosophical underpinnings of the contemporary debate surrounding the urban crisis. It examines three major ideologies of American city politics by uncovering and analyzing the philosophical presuppositions of each as derived from the history of political thought. The book also explores writings influenced by the Marxist/radical paradigm, examines the revival of classical approaches to the city, and concludes by outlining the bases of a more adequate philosophy of urban politics.

Ideology and the Urban Crisis is intended for teachers and scholars of urban politics interested in more effectively incorporating normative materials into their courses and research. Focusing on the literature of the past two decades, it argues that the ideologies of the urban crisis have had an immense impact on public policy and on the political process in general. The book classifies and explicates these materials, making them more accessible and providing a basis for their intelligent criticism.

Peter J. Steinberger is Associate Professor of Political Science at Reed College.