Power, Participation, and Protest in Flint, Michigan

Power, Participation, and Protest in Flint, Michigan Unpacking the Policy Paradox of Municipal Takeovers

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Synopsis

When the 2011 municipal takeover in Flint, Michigan placed the city under state control, some supported the intervention while others saw it as an affront to democracy. Still others were ambivalent about what was supposed to be a temporary disruption. However, the city's fiscal emergency soon became a public health emergency—the Flint Water Crisis—that captured international attention.But how did Flint's municipal takeovers, which suspended local representational government, alter the local political system? In Power, Participation, and Protest in Flint, Michigan, Ashley Nickels addresses the ways residents, groups, and organizations were able to participate politically—or not—during the city's municipal takeovers in 2002 and 2011. She explains how new politics were created as organizations developed, new coalitions emerged and evolved, and people's understanding of municipal takeovers changed.Inwalking readers through the policy history of, implementation of, and reaction to Flint's two municipal takeovers, Nickels highlights how the ostensibly apolitical policy is, in fact, highly political.

Book information

ISBN: 9781439915677
Publisher: Temple University Press
Imprint: Temple University Press
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 252
Weight: 434g
Height: 134mm
Width: 216mm
Spine width: 18mm