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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2006

GOV 370L • 11 - Urban Politics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38075 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
PAR 203
O'BRIEN

Course Description

Upper-division standing required. Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. This course will explore the development of the metropolitan political environment in America. It will explore how our cities developed and their early political pressures, focusing particularly on machine governments. The course will then explore the growth of national urban policy and their legacy. The course will cover the rise of the sunbelt, the fracturing of cities, and suburban growth. Finally, the course focuses upon smart growth initiatives, new urbanism, and mechanisms cities use to attract and maintain businesses and residents. There is a strong historical component to the course with an emphasis upon understanding the development of issues and reactions to them.

Texts

City Politics by Judd and Swamstrom Inside Urban Politics by Dick Simpson

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