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Friday, April 6 • 9:40am - 11:05am
FR9.40.23 Can Cities in the US Actually Govern?

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Can cities in the US actually govern? Or are they helpless in the face of global capital? Much of contemporary academic discourse, rooted in Paul Peterson’s City Limits logic, suggests both that cities cannot do very much, nor should they. This panel discusses the important new book by Richard Schragger that robustly challenges both of these conceptions. In City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age, Professor Schragger argues that much of the supposed ‘city limits’ are rooted in constitutional structures rather then direct economic constraints. He argues that cities can in fact govern if we decide to let them, and he explains why it is crucial for the well being of urban inhabitants that cities exercise a full range of powers. In this colloquy, several critics will comment on the central arguments and insights found in City Power, followed by a summative response by Professor Schragger. 


Moderator: Judith Garber, University of Alberta


Rethinking City Power and Urban Governance in a Global Age 
Judith Garber, University of Alberta


Rethinking City Power and Urban Governance in a Global Age 
Richardson Dilworth, Drexel University


Rethinking City Power and Urban Governance in a Global Age 
Loren King, Wilfrid Laurier University


Rethinking City Power and Urban Governance in a Global Age 
Gregory Squires, George Washington University


Response to Commentators 
Richard Schragger, University of Virginia

Speakers
avatar for Loren King, Wilfrid Laurier University

Loren King, Wilfrid Laurier University

Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
I'm a political theorist who studies cities. I occasionally do some data analysis, epistemology, and formal theory. I'm a founding member of the Great Lakes Trust (greatlakestrust.org), a charitable endowment that supports science, art, and advocacy for fair and responsible water... Read More →
avatar for Richard Schragger, University of Virginia

Richard Schragger, University of Virginia

Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Richard Schragger is the Perre Bowen Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he has taught since 2002. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of constitutional law and local government law, federalism, urban policy, and the constitutional and economic... Read More →

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Friday April 6, 2018 9:40am - 11:05am
Pine East (Mezzanine Floor)