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Bosses, Machines, and Urban Voters, revised edition

Political machines, and the bosses who ran them, are largely a relic of the nineteenth century. A prominent feature in nineteenth-century urban politics, political machines mobilized urban voters by providing services in exchange for voters' support of a party or candidate. Allswang examines four machines and five urban bosses over the course of a century. He argues that efforts to extract a meaningful general theory from the American experience of political machines are difficult given the particularity of each city's history. A city's composition largely determined the character of its political machines. Furthermore, while political machines are often regarded as nondemocratic and corrupt, Allswang discusses the strengths of the urban machine approach—chief among those being its ability to organize voters around specific issues.

About the Author

John Allswang is an American historian from Chicago, Illinois. He is a professor emeritus at California State University, Los Angeles. He has also been a visiting professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Reviews

"Allswang's study of political machines has been revised and updated to reflect developments in Chicago, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and other cities. Reviewers called it 'modest in size but meaty in content,' and said that although it is 'aimed at generalists, it will prove instructive to specialists as well."

- New York Times
Johns Hopkins University Press
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