My review of Politics of Urbanism

Early this year, the Canadian Journal of Political Science published a book review I wrote back in 2013. The book is Warren Magnusson’s brilliant Politics of Urbanism: Seeing Like a City (2011).

I wrote this review very shortly before I completely changed dissertations and did my professional u-turn from political theory to local and urban politics. At the time I wrote the review, I didn’t know that I was about to make that change. I also didn’t know that it would take two and a half years for the review to appear after I submitted it.

Looking back now, I see this piece as an early but big part of the transition that I’ve made over the last few years. I would no doubt have written the review differently in 2016 than I did in 2013, from my more recent vantage point of urban and local politics scholar.

But I’m proud of this short review. It serves as an interesting a snapshot of my thinking at the time, but it also stands on its own as a highlight of what’s exciting about Magnusson’s work and what it might mean for political scientists from all sub-disciplines.

If you don’t have access to the Canadian Journal of Political Science, you can read the version I submitted (technically the “Author’s Original” version), which is pretty much the same, here. And you can get a sneak peek at Magnusson’s Politics of Urbanism on Google Books.