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Private Metropolis: The Eclipse of Local Democratic Governance

Private Metropolis: The Eclipse of Local Democratic Governance




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Dennis R. Judd, Evan McKenzie, and Alba Alexander, Editors

Publishing Company

University of Minnesota Press

Publication Date

Tuesday, June 22, 2021


Examines the complex ecology of quasi-public and privatized institutions that mobilize and administer many of the political, administrative, and fiscal resources of today’s metropolitan regions

In recent decades metropolitan regions in the United States have witnessed the rise of multitudes of “shadow governments” that often supersede or replace functions traditionally associated with municipalities and other local governments inherited from the urban past. The essays in Private Metropolis grapple with the difficult and timely questions that arise from this new ecology of governance, provoking a long-overdue debate about the future of urban governance.

Topic Areas

Governance, Intergovernmental Relations, Regionalism, Urban Management

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