By Peter J. Steinberger

Ideology and the city difficulty explores the philosophical underpinnings of the modern debate surrounding the city hindrance. It examines 3 significant ideologies of yank urban politics via uncovering and examining the philosophical presuppositions of every as derived from the heritage of political suggestion. The ebook additionally explores writings inspired by way of the Marxist/radical paradigm, examines the revival of classical techniques to the town, and concludes by means of outlining the bases of a extra enough philosophy of city politics. Ideology and the city predicament is meant for academics and students of city politics drawn to extra successfully incorporating normative fabrics into their classes and learn. targeting the literature of the previous 20 years, it argues that the ideologies of the city difficulty have had a tremendous influence on public coverage and at the political method more often than not. The e-book classifies and explicates those fabrics, making them extra obtainable and offering a foundation for his or her clever feedback.

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Page 2 In doing so, it is hoped that some light can be shed on the urban crisis itself. To be sure, this book is in a sense just another exercise in ''ideology," a treatise in the history of ideas, hence not immediately concerned with empirical reality. But when confronting a reality that plagues us and seems intractable, ideas are really all we have. Our solutions to difficult problems can only be intellectual solutions, solutions that we have thought up. Thus, if our thinking is somehow flawedif our ideas make no sense, are based on implausible premises, fail the tests of logic and rationalitythen our solutions can probably be no better.

For example, some regard the city as a system of class struggle and argue for a radical redistribution of power and material benefits. Others see urban government as a market- Page 24 place in which public goods are produced and consumed according to the laws of supply and demand. Still others view American cities in terms of classical notions of politics, emphasizing the need for public spaces, for civic virtue and active citizenship; while another approach concerns itself with the proper place of cities in the federal system, often arguing for greater local independence from state and federal authorities.

Indeed, the centrality of the problem of political obligation can hardly be overestimated. To be sure, there is little agreement among the great theorists concerning the true basis of obligation. For some, one should obey because of the philosophically discoverable dictates of natural law. For others, obedience is rooted in the will of God, as revealed to us, for example, in Scripture. And for still others, obligation is essentially a question of self-interest and the rational calculation of expected utilities.

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