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Cities in the Urban AgeA Dissent$
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Robert A. Beauregard

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226535241

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226535418.001.0001

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Oligarchic, Democratic

Oligarchic, Democratic

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(p.87) Four Oligarchic, Democratic
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Cities in the Urban Age
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Robert A. Beauregard

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226535418.003.0004

This chapter explores the constant tension between democracy and oligarchy in the contemporary US city. In doing so, it discusses and describes grassroots organizations, advocacy groups, local government, and intergovernmental relations. I point out why the city might nurture democracy and how it also enables oligarchy. Numerous examples of these conditions and mechanisms are presented.

Keywords:   democracy, oligarchy, governance

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