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Civic Culture and Urban Change: Governing Dallas Royce Hanson

Civic Culture and Urban Change: Governing Dallas

Royce Hanson

Published April 1st 2003
ISBN : 9780814330807
Hardcover
432 pages
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Civic Culture and Urban Change analyzes Dallas governments adaptation to shifts in the citys demography and economic structure that occurred after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The book examines civic culture as a productMoreCivic Culture and Urban Change analyzes Dallas governments adaptation to shifts in the citys demography and economic structure that occurred after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The book examines civic culture as a product of a governing regime and studies the constraints civic culture has placed on the citys capacity to adapt to changes in its population, economy, and distribution of political power. Royce Hanson traces the impact of civic culture in Dallas on the citys handling of major crises in education, policing, and management of urban development over the past forty years and shows the reciprocal effect of responses to crises on the development of civic capital. Hanson relates the citys civic culture to its economic history and political institutions by following the progression of Dallas governance from business oligarchy to regency of professional managers and federal judges. He studies the citys responses to school desegregation, police-minority conflicts, and other issues to illuminate the role civic and organizational cultures play in shaping political tactics and policy. Hanson builds a profile of political life in Dallas that highlights