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St. Louis Politics: The Triumph of Tradition
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St. Louis Politics: The Triumph of Tradition

There are two defining moments in St. Louis political history: the 1876 divorce from its county and the charter adoption in 1914. The institutions created at these times produced a factional and fragmented city government, thoroughly grounded in machine politics practices. Stein examines major themes in urban politics over the last century: race, redevelopment, suburbanization, and leadership. Successful mayoral candidates from Dickmann to Harmon have had to struggle with an office of limited power. Today, some St. Louisans cry out for home rule and governmental reform. Stein's work helps demonstrate that institutions structure political behavior and outcomes. Changing institutions can make a difference after political culture adapts to the new playing field.

"Anyone interested in St. Louis politics will benefit from reading this volume."
-Lawrence O. Christensen, Missouri Historical Review

320 pages, 35 ills., index
ISBN: 1-883982-43-x, $39.95, hardcover
ISBN: 1-883982-44-8, $19.95, paper
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