Steven P. Erie,Vladimir Kogan,Scott A. MacKenzie's Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in PDF

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By Steven P. Erie,Vladimir Kogan,Scott A. MacKenzie

The early twenty first century has now not been type to California's attractiveness for stable executive. however the Golden State's governance flaws replicate worrisome nationwide traits with origins within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties. turning out to be voter mistrust with govt, a requirement for providers yet now not taxes to pay for them, a pointy decline in enlightened management and potent civic watchdogs, and dysfunctional political associations have all contributed to the present governance malaise.
Until lately, San Diego, California—America's eighth biggest city—seemed resistant to such systematic governance issues. This sunny seashore city entered the Nineteen Nineties proclaiming to be "America's best City," yet in a number of brief years its popularity went from "Futureville" to "Enron-by-the-Sea." during this eye-opening and telling narrative, Steven P. Erie, Vladimir Kogan, and Scott A. MacKenzie combine coverage research, political thought, and heritage to discover and clarify the accidental yet principally predictable mess ups of governance in San Diego.
Using untapped fundamental sources—interviews with key selection makers and public documents—and benchmarking San Diego with different best California towns, Paradise Plundered examines serious dimensions of San Diego's governance failure: a multi-billion greenback pension deficit; a protracted finances deficit; insufficient urban companies and infrastructure; grandiose making plans projects divorced from dire monetary realities; an insulated downtown redevelopment application stricken by poorly-crafted public-private partnerships; and, for the metropolitan zone, insufficient airport and port amenities, a serious underinvestment in firefighting potential regardless of damaging wildfires, and heightened Mexican border defense issues.
Far from a sunny tale of paradise and prosperity, this account takes inventory of a big yet understudied urban, its failed civic management, and poorly appearing associations, policymaking, and making plans. even though the level of those disasters may perhaps position San Diego in a league of its personal, different towns are experiencing comparable demanding situations and political alterations. As such, this story of civic woe deals necessary classes for city students, practitioners, and basic readers excited by the way forward for their very own cities.

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