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Renegade Cities, Public Policy, and the Dilemmas of Federalism

Lori Riverstone-Newell
Renegade Cities, Public Policy, and the Dilemmas of Federalism
ISBN: 978-1-935049-88-3
2013/227 pages/LC: 2013030241
A FirstForumPress Book
"An important contribution in an understudied area of intergovernmental relations.... Renegade Cities is an engaging read that challenges the standard view of local governments' subservience and adds local activism as an important concept in intergovernmental scholarship."—Ryan Eric Emenaker, Publius

"Keenly interesting and a notable contribution to a growing and rich literature."—J. Edwin Benton, University of South Florida

"Important and timely ... of significant interest to students of federalism and the intergovernmental relationship more generally."—Mitchell Pickerill, Northern Illinois University


When state and federal governments intrude, abdicate responsibility, or prove unable to respond to local needs, how can cities fight back? How can they promote and defend their own interests? Addressing these questions, Lori Riverstone-Newell explores the emergence of local policy activism and its impact in a number of state and federal policy arenas.


Lori Riverstone-Newell is assistant professor of politics and government at Illinois State University.


  • When Local Activism Challenges Higher Authority.
  • The Evolving Power of Cities.
  • The Evolving Intergovernmental Environment.
  • Today's Urban Environment.
  • Activism as a Strategy for Policy Change.
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Activism.
  • Immigration Activism.
  • Foreign Policy Activism.
  • Reexamining the Role of Local Governments.