The Fractured Metropolis

Political Fragmentation and Metropolitan Segregation

By Gregory R. Weiher

Subjects: Political Science
Series: SUNY series, The New Inequalities
Paperback : 9780791405659, 225 pages, July 1991
Hardcover : 9780791405642, 225 pages, July 1991

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Table of contents


1. Urban Political Boundaries and Metropolitan Fragmentation

2. Place, Preferences, and Information: Political Boundaries and Population Sorting

3. An Information-Based Model of Jurisdictional Tipping

4. Public Policy and Patterns of Residential Segregation

5. The Impact of Boundary Configuration

6. A Case in Point: Richmond Heights, Missouri

7. Conclusions and Implications



Gregory R. Weiher is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston.


"I think this book is an outstanding original interpretation of urban political and social fragmentation. The argument is elegantly expressed and tailored to its place in existing theory with exceptional clarity and skill. The field of urban politics has frequently been characterized as lacking coherent political and social theory, except perhaps, for that contributed by economists. This book runs squarely in the other direction giving considerable form to an explicit information processing theory of mass behavior in which fundamental political institutional arrangements, such as political boundaries, play not just a role, but are decisive in explaining commonly observed patterns in racial distributions. Seldom have undeniably political factors been assigned such a central role in explaining widespread social phenomena." — Carol W. Kohfeld, University of Missouri, St. Louis