Pragmatic Pluralism in Gilded Age Chicago, Silver Age Moscow, and Meiji Osaka
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Second Metropolis by Blair A. Ruble
Book DescriptionBy exploring and comparing North America's, Russia's, and Japan's 'second cities' - Chicago, Moscow, and Osaka - Second Metropolis discloses the extent to which social fragmentation, frequently viewed as an obstacle to democratic development, actually fostered a 'pragmatic pluralism' that nurtured pluralistic public policies. Such policies are explored through six case studies - the politics of street railways and charter reform in Chicago, adult education and housing in Moscow, and harbor revitalization and poverty alleviation in Osaka - that illustrate how even those with massive political and economic power were stymied by the complexity of their communities. Chicago, Moscow, and Osaka, though the products of very different nations and cultures, nonetheless shared an important experience of inclusive politics during an era of extraordinary growth and social diversity. The success of all three cities, which went well beyond mere survival, rested on a distinctive political resource: pragmatic pluralism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521801799
(228mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-May-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Blair A. Ruble
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Cities After the Fall of Communism, Hardback (March 2009)
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Migration, Homeland, and Belonging in Eurasia, Hardback (October 2008)» View all books by Blair A. Ruble
Several chapters treat specific topics in Central Eurasia and the Far East, such as the movement of ethnic Kazakhs from Mongolia to Kazakhstan and the continuing attractiveness to migrants of supposedly uneconomical cities in Siberia.
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