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Beyond Cybernetic Federalism in Community Development

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Urban Law Annual


"Cybernetic federalism" is the order of the day. But can the enormously diverse and politically fluid American federal system be understood and dealt with in this way ? How much federal assistance to allocate to a local jurisdiction for community development activities might be more preferably based on analysis of such diverse economic factors as changing city tax bases and shifting locations of economic activity, demographic considerations such as white flight and differential fertility ratios of child bearing women, and political considerations including the existence or non-existence of political machines, political corruption, and political ideologies favorable or unfavorable to publicly-assisted development.