Gendron Richard, Domhoff G. William:
The Leftmost City: Power and Progressive Politics in Santa Cruz

Power and Progressive Politics in Santa Cruz
The Perseus Books Group (United States), 2009
Quality paperback, 256 pagesSize: 225x151 mm
ISBN-13: 9780813344386
ISBN-10: 0813344387

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G. William Domhoff

G. William Domhoff is Professor of Psychology and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and author of "Who Rules America Now?"

The Leftmost City: Power and Progressive Politics in Santa Cruz

In Santa Cruz, California, an unusual coalition of socialist-feminists, environmentalists, social-welfare liberals, and neighborhood activists has stopped every growth project proposed by landowners and developers since 1969. Drawing on primary documents and original interviews, "The Leftmost City" utilizes Santa Cruz as a case study to critique major theories of urban power: Marxism, public-choice theory, and regime theory. The authors' findings support growth-coalition theory, which stresses the conflict between real estate interests and neighborhoods as the fundamental axis of urban politics. The authors apply insights gleaned from Santa Cruz to progressive movements nationwide, offering a template for progressive coalitions to effectively organize to achieve political power.

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