A growing majority of humanity lives in sprawling, interconnected urban regions. Diversified metropolitan geographies have replaced the centuries-old divide between urban and rural areas, and transformed the local sources of electoral politics. The resulting patterns of electoral support and participation have shifted axes of partisan competition to the right. This volume undertakes the first international comparative analysis of metropolitan political behaviour. The results support a powerful new thesis to explain many recent shifts in political behaviour: the metropolitanisation of politics.
Chapter One: Introduction – the Metropolitanisation of Politics
Jefferey M. Sellers and R. Alan Walks 3
Chapter Two: Place, Institutions and the Political Ecology of US
Jefferey M. Sellers 37
Chapter Three: Metropolitan Political Ecology and Contextual Effects
R. Alan Walks 87
Chapter Four: Political Ecology of Metropolitan Great Britain
R. Alan Walks 125
Chapter Five: The Emerging Metropolitan Political Ecology of France
Vincent Hoffmann-Martinot and Jefferey M. Sellers 161
Chapter Six: The Metropolitan Bases of Political Cleavage in
Daniel Kübler, Urs Scheuss and Philippe Rochat 199
Chapter Seven: Does Political Ecology Matter? Voting Behaviour in
German Metropolitan Areas
Melanie Walter-Rogg 227
Chapter Eight: The Political Ecology of the Spanish Metropolis – Place,
Socio-Economic and Regional Effects
Clemente J. Navarro 267
Chapter Nine: Metropolitan and Political Change in Sweden
Daniel Kübler and Henry Bäck 299
Chapter Ten: The Delocalised Homo Politicus – The Political
Ecology of Polish Metropolitan Areas
Paweł Swianiewicz 325
Chapter Eleven: The Political Ecology of Czech Metropolitan Areas –
is there a Post-Communist Metropolitan Model?
Tomáš Kostelecký, Daniel Čermák and Jana Vobecká 355
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Chapter Twelve: Metropolitan Processes and Voting Behaviour
Eran Razin and Anna Hazan 389
Chapter Thirteen: Conclusion – Metropolitan Sources of Political
Jefferey M. Sellers, Daniel Kübler, R. Alan Walks, Philippe Rochat
and Melanie Walter-Rogg 419
Chapter Fourteen: Methodological Appendix
Jefferey M. Sellers and Philippe Rochat 479
Jefferey M Sellers is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California. The author of Governing From Below: Urban Regions in the Global Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and editor of Metropolitanization and Political Change(VS Verlag, 2005) as well as numerous articles and book chapters, he is co-founder and co-director of the International Metropolitan Observatory Project.
Daniel Kübler is Professor of Political Science at the University of Zurich and co-director of the International Metropolitan Observatory Project. He has co-edited Metropolitan governance: capacity, democracy and the dynamics of place (Routledge, 2005) and authored numerous articles and book chapters related to metropolitan governance, urban democracy and public policy analysis.
Alan Walks is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Toronto. He is the author of a number of scholarly articles and book chapters related to electoral geography, urban inequality, and the relationship between suburbanisation and ideology.
Melanie Walter-Rogg is Professor of Political Science at the University of Regensburg. She is author of a number of scholarly articles and book chapters related to metropolitan governance and urban democracy as well as political culture and behaviour.