This volume provides some of the most important essays and papers on urban and regional policy, making it a convenient summary of the key theories, approaches and research. The study of sub-national policies has developed from being focused on the urban political decision-making process to being mainly concerned with the political, economic and social preconditions for urban policy. Local and regional politics are increasingly important features of most Western democracies. While local authorities are becoming more autonomous in the sphere of service delivery they are at the same time more dependent upon private buisness which, in turn, increasingly think in global terms. Economics and political life are to a much greater extent determined by changes occurring at the local, regional, and global levels rather than at the national level. This volume seeks to cover the most important elements of research on local government with a particular emphasis on different approaches and theories of urban political economy.
The volume covers, in turn, the study of urban politics and government, thoeries of local government, central-local relationships and local autonomy, local politics, the political economy of local government and regional policy. The volume includes 30 articles, dating from 1956-1992, contributed by D. Ashford, M. Keating, H. Molotch, E. Page, L.J. Sharpe and R. Warren.