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Ronald Vogel

EducationPhD (Political Science): Florida
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Ronald K. Vogel joined the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Toronto Metropolitan University in August 2011 as full Professor.  Before coming to Toronto Met, he was Chair of the Department of Political Science and Professor of Political Science and Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville.  He also served as Director of the Ph.D. program in Urban and Public Affairs. He currently serves as the Graduate Program Director (GPD) of the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Policy Studies (opens in new window) .

Dr. Vogel received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida in 1986.  He also holds an M.A. and a B.A., both in Political Science, from the same University. 

Dr. Vogel is an expert on urban politics and administration in the US.  Increasingly, his research has taken a comparative turn.  For the last decade he has been conducting research on governance of global city-regions in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, and Toronto. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Japan in 1997-08, received a Canadian Government Faculty Research Grant in 2001, and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hong Kong in 2007-08.  He was also co-investigator on a three year National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduatesgrant (2004-07).  Professor Vogel is President of the Section on Urban and Local Politics and heads the Comparative Urban Politics related group in the American Political Science Association.


  • Political Change in the Metropolis (with John J. Harrigan).  New York: Longman, 2007 (8th edition); 2003 (7th edition); 2000 (6th edition).
  • Handbook of Research on Urban Politics and Policy in the United States, ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997. [Choice Outstanding Political Science Book for 1997]
  • Regional Politics: America in a Post-City Age (ed., with H.V. Savitch).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage [Urban Affairs Annual Reviews 45(1996)].
  • Urban Political Economy: Broward County, Florida. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 1992.


  • "Beyond Neoliberalism: A Policy Agenda for a Progressive City" (with Meghan Joy). Urban Affairs Review, forthcoming.
  • “Toronto’s governance crisis: A global city under pressure” (with Meghan Joy).  Cities 49 (2015): 35-52.
  • “Governing Global City-Regions in China and the West.”  Progress in Planning 73:1(2010): 4-10.
  • “The City-Region as a New State Space.”  Progress in Planning 73:1 (2010): 64-68.
  • “Beyond the Rhetoric: Lessons from Louisville’s Consolidation” (with H.V. Savitch and Lin Ye). The American Review of Public Administration 40:1 (2010): 3-28.
  • “Civic Culture and Corporate Regime in Louisville” (with H.V. Savitch and Takashi Tsukamoto).  Journal of Urban Affairs 30:4 (2008): 437-460.
  • “Suburbs Without a City: Power and City-County Consolidation” (with H.V. Savitch).  Urban Affairs Review 39:6 (July 2004): 758-790.
  • “Local Government in the United States: Executive Centred Politics and the New Public Management” (with H.V. Savitch).  Bestuurswetenschappen 1 (2003): 5-17.
  • “Metropolitan Planning Organizations and the New Regionalism: The Case of Louisville” (with Norman Nezelkewicz).  Publius: The Journal of Federalism 32:1 (Winter 2002): 107-129.
  • “Paths to New Regionalism” (with H.V. Savitch).  State and Local Government Review 32 (2000): 158-168.
  • “Metropolitan Consolidation Versus Metropolitan Governance in Louisville” (with H.V. Savitch).  State and Local Government Review 32 (2000): 198-212.
  • “Globalization and the American Metropolis.”  International Symposium on Urban Problems.  Comprehensive Urban Studies 71 (2000): 257-264.
  • “Redefining Community in a Global City: Tokyo Metropolitan Government in the 21st Century.”  Comprehensive Urban Studies 69 (1999): 201-18.
  • “The Local Regime and Economic Development.”  Economic Development Quarterly 4 (1990): 101-112.
  • “The Growth Machine versus the Antigrowth Coalition: the Battle for Our Communities” (with Bert E. Swanson).  Urban Affairs Quarterly 25 (1989): 63-85.
  • “Setting Agendas for Community Change: The Community Goal Setting Strategy” (with Bert E. Swanson).  Journal of Urban Affairs 10 (1988): 41-61.
  • “Rating American Cities – Credit Worthiness, Urban Distress, and the Quality of Life” (with Bert E. Swanson).  Journal of Urban Affairs 8 (1986): 139-157.

Book Chapters:

  • "Governing Metropolitan Regions in the United States" (with David Imbroscio). In Governance and Finance of Large Metropolitan Areas in Federal Systems, ed. Enid Slack and Rupak Chattopadhyay. Toronto: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.
  • "Look Before You Leap: Consequences of Louisville's Merger" (with Hank Savitch and Lucas Elliott). In Taking Kentucky Politics Seriously: Government, Politics, and Policymaking in the Bluegrass State, ed. James C. Clinger and Michael W. Hail. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press. Forthcoming.
  • “Regionalism and Urban Politics” (with H.V. Savitch).  In Theories of Urban Politics, 2nd ed., ed. Jonathan Davies and David Imbroscio, 106- 124.  London: Sage Publications, 2009.
  • “Louisville Transformed but Hardly Changed: A Survey of a City Before and After Merger” (with H.V. Savitch and Lin Ye).  In Governing Metropolitan Regions in the 21st Century, ed. Don Phares, ed. 164-184.  Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe, 2009.
  • “Rethinking Globalization: The Impact of Central Governments on World Cities” (with Takashi Tsukamoto).  In Governing Cities in a Global Era, ed. Robin Hambleton and Jill Gross, 15-31.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • “Rescaling the City: A Comparative Perspective of Metropolitan Reform and Regionalism in Toronto and Tokyo.”  In Governing Metropolises: Profiles of Issues and Experiments on Four Continents, ed. Jean-Pierre Collin and Mélanie Robertson, 259-282.  Sainte-Foy, Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2007.
  • “Une nouvelle échelle pour la ville Comparaison de la réforme métropolitaine et du régionalisme à Toronto et à Tokyo.”  In Le gouvernement des métropoles: enjeux et portraits des experiences sur quatre continents, dir. Jean-Pierre Collin et Mélanie Robertson, 283- 309.  Québec, Presses de l'Université Laval, 2007.
  • “Rescaling the Japanese City: Urbanization and Governance.”  In Urbanization in Japan: More Than A Concrete Jungle (Special Report), ed.Mark Mohr, 17-23.  Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Asia Program, 2007.
  • “Multilevel Governance in the United States.”  In Spheres of Governance: Comparative Studies of Cities in Multilevel Governance Systems, ed.Harvey Lazar and Christian Leuprecht, 257-293.  Montréal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press and Institute for Intergovernmental Relations, 2007.
  • “Decentralization in the United States: A Comparative Perspective.” In Decentralization in Sub-Saharan Africa, ed. Dickson Eyoh and Richard Stren, 155-169.  Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2007.
  • “Local and Regional Governance: Rescaling the City” (with H.V. Savitch).  In Metropolitan Governing: Canadian Cases, Comparative Lessons, ed. Eran Razin and Patrick Smith, 214-245.  Jerusalem, Israel: The Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2006.
  • “L’yperpluralisme Revisite: la Poursuite de la Fragmentation des Villes aux Etats-Unis” (with H.V. Savitch).  In Les Metropoles au Defi de la Diversite Culturelle, ed. Bernard Jouve and Alain Gagnon, 193-222.  Grenoble:Presses Universitaires de Grenoble, 2006.
  • “The United States: Executive Centred Politics” (with H.V. Savitch).  In Comparing Local Governance: Trends and Developments, ed. S.A.H. Denters and L.E. Rose Houndmills, 211-227.  Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave, 2005. [Extended version of 2003 article inBestuurswetenschappen.]
  • “Merger in Louisville/Jefferson County” (with H.V. Savitch).  In Case Studies of City-County Consolidation, ed. Suzanne Leland and Kurt Thurmaier, 272-290. Armonk, New York: Sharpe, 2004.
  • “Decentralization and Urban Governance: Reforming Tokyo Metropolitan Government.” In Urban Governance Around the World, Blair Ruble, Richard Stren, Joseph Tulchin and Diana Varat, 114-148.  Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2001.
  • “National Urban Policy.”  In Handbook of Research on Urban Politics and Policy in the United States, ed. Ronald K. Vogel, 410-426.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997.
  • “Metropolitan Government.”  In Handbook of Research on Urban Politics and Policy in the United States, ed. Ronald K. Vogel, 185-196.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997.
  • “Introduction: Regional Patterns in a Post-City Age” (with H.V. Savitch).  In Regional Politics: America in a Post-City Age, ed. H.V. Savitch and Ronald K. Vogel, 1-22.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage [Urban Affairs Annual Reviews 45 (1996)].
  • “Louisville: Compacts and Antagonistic Cooperation” (with H.V. Savitch).  In Regional Politics: America in a Post-City Age, ed. H.V. Savitch and Ronald K. Vogel, 130-158.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage [Urban Affairs Annual Reviews 45 (1996)].
  • “Perspectives for the Present and Lessons for the Future” (with H.V. Savitch).  In Regional Politics: America in a Post-City Age, ed. H.V. Savitch and Ronald K. Vogel, 275-302.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage [Urban Affairs Annual Reviews 45 (1996)].
  • “Racial and Ethnic Voting Patterns in Miami, 1960-1990” (with Genie N.L. Stowers).  In Big-City Governance and Fiscal Choices, ed. George Peterson, 63-84.  Washington, DC: The Urban Institute, 1994.
  • “The Dialogical Community and Economic Development” (with Bert E. Swanson).  In Local Economic Development Formation: Experiences in the United States and the United Kingdom, ed. David Fasenfest, 188-204.  London: Macmillan Press, 1993.
  • “Miami: Minority Empowerment and Regime Change” (with Genie N.L. Stowers).  In Big City Politics in Transition, ed. H.V. Savitch and John Clayton Thomas, 115-131.  Newbury Park, CA: Sage [Urban Affairs Annual Reviews 38 (1991)].

Dr. Vogel teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, primarily in the fields of urban politics, US politics, and public policy.