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New York and Los AngelesThe Uncertain Future$
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David Halle and Andrew A. Beveridge

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199778386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778386.001.0001

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New York City and Los Angeles

New York City and Los Angeles

Government and Political Influence

(p.137) Chapter 5 New York City and Los Angeles
New York and Los Angeles

John Mollenkopf

Raphael J. Sonenshein

Oxford University Press

This chapter compares and contrasts Los Angeles and New York City in terms of electoral demographics, political systems and structures, and local political heroes and icons. In particular, it explores how the evolution of local government and politics in the nation's two largest cities has affected the ability of various racial, ethnic, and class constituencies, such as elite business interests and labor unions, to win a share of urban power and exert influence over city policies. It concludes by discussing how the currently, slowly receding economic and fiscal crises of the two cities have positioned various racial, ethnic, and class constituencies as we approach the open mayoral elections in 2013.

Keywords:   electoral demographics, political systems, local political, local government, urban power, political influence, mayoral elections

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