City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age: Introduction - Cities, Capital, and Constitutions

24 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2016 Last revised: 2 Sep 2016

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Richard Schragger

University of Virginia School of Law

Date Written: August 26, 2016

Abstract

Reigning theories of urban power suggest that in a world dominated by footloose transnational capital, cities have little capacity to effect social change. City Power challenges this conventional wisdom, arguing that cities can and should pursue aims other than making themselves attractive to global capital. Using the municipal living wage movement as an example, the book explains why cities are well-positioned to address issues like income inequality and how our institutions can be designed to allow them to do so. The book should be of special interest to scholars of cities, federalism, state and local government, urban politics, economic development, and progressive social welfare policy.

Keywords: city, urban policy, federalism, redistribution, living wage, urban resurgence, local government law, urban politics

Suggested Citation

Schragger, Richard, City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age: Introduction - Cities, Capital, and Constitutions (August 26, 2016). City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age (Oxford 2016), Virginia Law and Economics Research Paper No. 2016-10, Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2016-48, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2830535

Richard Schragger (Contact Author)

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