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Partisans and PartnersThe Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society$
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Josh Pacewicz

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226402550

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226402727.001.0001

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The Political Construction of Partnership

The Political Construction of Partnership

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(p.111) Four The Political Construction of Partnership
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Partisans and Partners
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Josh Pacewicz

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226402727.003.0005

This chapter shows how neoliberal reforms changed community leaders’ public culture. The chapter first engages with urban growth machine theory, regime theory, and various field theories of action, employing game play as an analogy to clarify the relationship between federal policies and community leaders’ status competition. Much as actual game players experience rules as constitutive of a game’s organic flow, community leaders are chiefly focuses on competition with one another, even as this competition is structured by outside forces. Community leaders’ status competition was changed first by financial deregulation, which precipitated the 20th Century’s largest corporate merger movement. Corporations headquartered elsewhere acquired local businesses, thinning the ranks of traditional business and union leaders. Concurrently, federal bureaucracies responsible for social service and urban development funding switched from discretionary grants to small, competitive grants, which require community leaders to appeal to multiple outsiders to realize their local goals. Via a historical investigation of several 1980s-era crises, the chapter shows that these challenges coincided with the emergence of big tent economic development organizations, which include multiple local stakeholders. In their new context, community leaders who built flexible partnerships to appeal strategically to outside funders solved local problems and rose to public prominence.

Keywords:   neoliberalism, growth machine theory, field theory, financialization, corporate merger movement, nonprofit finance

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