You definitely want to read Robert Caro's "The Power Broker". It's an examination of New York official Robert Moses and how he twists bureaucratic power to control New York politics. Some of it is about state politics but the bulk of Moses' power is influenced on New York City. Gold standard for municipal history. It's 1200 pages and not a light read but Caro is a master writer so it is a good read.
Beyond that you might look into some biographies of cities. There's a whole genre of them that's sprung up in recent years. I read "Gotham" about New York and enjoyed that. If you want power brokering especially go for some American cities, which will have less deep history and more modern politicking.
The only other things that come to mind are some Jane Jacobs and Lewis Mumford.