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God from the machine? Urban movements meet machine politics in neoliberal Chicago

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This paper examines the anti-Wal-Mart and immigrant rights movements in Chicago in order to understand how local political institutions influence dynamics of exclusion and incorporation. Tracing the post-1970s reconfiguration of the city’s machine politics, I argue that a mayor-centered neoclientelism has enabled the local state to flexibly manage the political challenges posed by movements. This analysis seeks to contribute to broader conceptions of contemporary urban governance, suggesting how a ‘deviant’ set of local institutions may facilitate the sort of hybridized formations upon which a neoliberal politics relies. Keywords: clientelism, urban politics, movements, neoliberalism, machine politics, ethnicity, Chicago

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  • William Sites, 2012. "God from the machine? Urban movements meet machine politics in neoliberal Chicago," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 44(11), pages 2574-2590, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:44:y:2012:i:11:p:2574-2590
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