If you’re interested in how American cities really work, you might enjoy James Ingram’s new course Urban Politics (feed) from the University of California San Diego.
In the lectures to date Ingram has covered themes like:
- anti-urban ideologies in American political culture;
- the rise of urban machine politics;
- progressive era reforms that killed off the urban political machines.
There are lots of interesting tidbits here, like the way corrupt politics in the early 20th century contributed to Los Angeles’ urban sprawl.
(Note: most UCSD course podcasts disappear at the end of the academic term (roughly the middle of March). So if you’re interested, grab this one while you can.)