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Neoliberal Chicago$
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Larry Bennett, Roberta Garner, and Euan Hague

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040597

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040597.001.0001

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Contemporary Chicago Politics

Contemporary Chicago Politics

Myth, Reality, and Neoliberalism

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(p.72) Chapter 3 Contemporary Chicago Politics
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Neoliberal Chicago
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Larry Bennett

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040597.003.0004

What was once a descriptor—Chicago as the last major American city government governed by a political machine—has become a trope, an all-purpose means of explaining public policy aims, achievements, and failures. The nearer-to-reality narrative that captures the essence of Chicago public policy trends in the last generation is neoliberalism. During the long tenure of Mayor Richard M. Daley Chicago’s demolition of high-rise public housing developments, public school restructuring, and long-term leasing of public assets both tracked broader neoliberal policy trends, and in some cases, represented the leading edge of such innovations. Nevertheless, many journalists and some scholars insist on interpreting Chicago politics and policy through the lens of personal corruption and partisan cronyism presumed to be the fundamental attributes of ward-based Democratic Party politics

Keywords:   neoliberalism, Chicago, political machine, Richard J. Daley, Richard M. Daley, Rahm Emanuel, privatization, Chicago Housing Authority, Plan for Transformation, Chicago Public Schools

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