Urban Problems, Politics & Policy

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Imagine that you have run an inspiring grassroots campaign and been elected to your local city council as a progressive candidate. What kind of world do you walk into on day one of your new job? Why and how do well-meaning elected officials and their policies get co-opted, defeated or sidetracked so often in local governments?

This course will introduce you to the history of neoliberal urban policies and politics over the past 40 years. An overview of critical urban theory and historical case studies will help students to understand how the core purpose of local government has changed over the course of the wider shift from welfare-state to neoliberal capitalism, and how the ‘local state’ became the major vehicle for neoliberal transformation and widening inequality in cities across the US and the world. The class will also discuss how organized movements and progressive candidates can navigate the often confusing and contradictory dynamics of local policymaking, and begin to change the game by fighting for local communities and their “right to the city.”

Join us for this semester-long class, which will include a “project” component - planning strategies and creating materials for your own local policy campaigns with the help and collaboration of your fellow students! This course includes twelve weeks of live webinars that will happen between September 1 and November 23, 2019. Those who sign up for the course will choose times for webinars that best fit their schedules. The Cooperative New School offers these courses on a sliding scale so that you may pay the amount that is comfortable for you. However, the more you give, the better our economic sustainability. After you choose the tier that you are able to pay, you will then have the option to pay right away or pay later through donations to the Cooperative New School. This course is facilitated by Mel Figueroa. Please write to Mel with any questions you may have.

Take back the city
March 24th, 2020 2:00 PM   through   June 30th, 2020 3:00 PM
Course Enrollment
Sliding Scale Fee
Tier 9 $ 500.00
Tier 8 $ 450.00
Tier 7 $ 400.00
Tier 6 $ 350.00
Tier 5 $ 300.00
Tier 4 $ 250.00
Tier 3 $ 200.00
Tier 2 $ 150.00
Tier 1 $ 100.00
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