Future Prospects: National Metropolitan Policy – Article Example
Article, Political Science “Place Matters, Metropolitics for the Twenty First Century”, centers round the reviving issue of urban crisis and adds it to the national agenda successfully. The central theme or the pivotal thesis of the entire scholarly article resides around the fact that differences between the rich and the poor, and the increasing sprawl of the American urban centers are not solely the consequences of the individual choices in the free market. On the contrary, the scholars, Peter Dreier, John Mollenkopf, and Todd Swanstrom opined that these problems are the resultant outcomes of certain short-term and short-sighted government policies. The scholars also opined that through the gradual process, the urban and sub-urban citizens both will be beneficial on a ground of a keener interest and awareness, understanding slowly that they are both united by a common interest and that both the urban and suburban citizens shall have equal fate and predicament1.
Chapter seven of the scholarly article is entitled with the name, “Urban Politics Matter: Liberal, Progressive, and Conservative Cities” and chapter eight entitles, “Regionalism Old and New”. As the scholars argue in this chapter, the political spectrum of United States is varied. The economic and cultural focus on individual and that on the community constitutes a multi-axis political spectrum, which further influences the economic policies of any government in United States. The critique of this fact is obvious, complete and contended well within the limited span of the text, but in a democratic set up no one can undermine the intention of the government to frame its policies keeping in mind the kind of political ideologies a particular city or urban and suburban sector is practicing2.
Chapter Eight entitled, “Regionalism: Old and New” focuses on the division of the urban centres of United States based on their political ideologies, social practices and individual and collective choices. The determination of the suburban, urban and metropolitan sectors and their transition into bigger demographic units gradually frames the crux of the chapter. Subsequently, the discussion of the chapter indicates towards regionalism that plays an important role in the framing of political frameworks in United States, which further leads to the major segregation of the urban and suburban sectors economically. The critique is more or less genuine, but one has to keep the fact in mind that economic policies are not entirely framed on the basis of regionalism of-late. In fact, the conclusion of the book itself focuses on the fact that ongoing attempts are being undertaken at the local and the state levels to conceive a metropolitan strategy that would no more hinge upon the place value of an economic policy and its implementation3.
Dreier, Peter & Et. Al., Place Matters Metropolitics for the Twenty-first Century. United States: University Press of Kansas.