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The Political Ecology of the Metropolis

The Political Ecology of the Metropolis

Metropolitan Sources of Electoral Behaviour in Eleven Countries

Edited by Jefferey M. Sellers, Daniel Kübler, and Melanie Walter-Rogg

Publication Date: Jun 2013

Pages 534

ECPR Press

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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.

Contributors xvii

Preface 1

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

Metropolitan Areas

Jefferey M. Sellers 37

Chapter Three: Metropolitan Political Ecology and Contextual Effects

in Canada

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

Switzerland

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

Contents

vi The Political Ecology of the Metropolis

Chapter Twelve: Metropolitan Processes and Voting Behaviour

in Israel

Eran Razin and Anna Hazan 389

Chapter Thirteen: Conclusion – Metropolitan Sources of Political

Behaviour

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

Index 501

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.

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