Race and State in the Urban Regime

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Over the past four decades, cities have experienced greater oversight from state government. Why have states become increasingly involved in local affairs? How has the increasing presence of state government altered how we understand urban politics? Relying on a case study of Newark, New Jersey, this article argues that the increasing presence of state government in local affairs was a response to the growth of Black political empowerment. Furthermore, the Newark case reveals that the changing role of state actors, particularly governors, in urban regimes requires an expansion of urban regime theory as a conceptual framework. Building on the argument that urban regimes should be viewed as intergovernmental regimes, the findings from the case study suggest that local communities are best represented under cohesive state–local regimes, while localities are exposed to less desirable, even hostile, state-led policies, under disjointed state–local regimes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-523
Number of pages34
JournalUrban Affairs Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2018


  • cohesive state–local regimes
  • disjointed state–local regimes
  • race and intergovernmental regimes
  • race and urban regimes
  • state take-overs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies


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