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"Shaping Suburbia" examines the politics of suburban growth and argues that the key to understanding suburbia is to understand the local governments that control it — their number, functions and power. Using innovative models and data analyses, Paul Lewis demonstrates that the relative political fragmentation of a metropolitan area plays a key part in shaping its suburbs.
Lewis's book is a major contribution to urban politics as well as to urban studies in general. It is the first full-length treatment of the political dimension of the recent transformation of the American metropolis, whereby many suburbs have evolved into full-fledged cities ... Highly recommended.
Highly recommend[ed] ... Asks the right questions and contributes to a dialogue about the likely benefits of regional government and a pragmatic approach for getting there.