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Governing Cities in a Global Era : Urban Innovation, Competition, and Democratic Reform - Jill Gross

Governing Cities in a Global Era

Urban Innovation, Competition, and Democratic Reform


Published: 28th January 2008
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Written in a lively and accessible style by leading scholars from eleven countries this is the first global book to provide a thorough examination of the urban challenges now facing city leaders and managers in all continents. The text is organized into three parts: the global pressures now impacting urban governance; the innovations currently taking place in urban government; and the heartland themes of leadership, partnership and the democratic challenge. The analysis suggests that global forces pose a grave threat to civilized living - the pursuit of narrow self-interest could drive all cities into a spiral of decline resulting in consumers living isolated lives in separate fortified enclaves. All the authors in this volume reject this vision of our urban future. Instead, by analyzing place-specific experiences and offering new insights on the dynamics of urban change, they propose imaginative routes for reform. This book argues for strategies that can lead to prosperous multi-cultural cities across the world - cities that enhance the quality of life for all citizens.

"Practitioners such as mayors, aldermen, city managers, city planners, and community organizers would do well to study it closely. It covers major issues such as the need to provide both efficiency and democracy, legitimacy and participation, and discusses in realistic terms the stress upon city governance. I expect it to be an important book for more than a decade and to spawn debates farther into the future."
--Dick Simpson, Professor and Department Head, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago"This volume by first rate scholars about one of the great transformations of our time is a worthy addition. It is essential reading for students of comparative urban politics, international political economy and urban development. The volume s good organization and the accessibility of most of the chapters also make this a suitable book for classroom use."--"Cities""

Global Trends, Diversity and Local Democracy
Global Pressures On Urban Governance
Rethinking Globalization: The Impact of Central Governments on World Cities
Governing the Capital: Comparing Institutional Reform in Berlin, London and Paris
Uneven Development, City Governance and Urban Change: Unpacking the Global-Local Nexus in Dublin's Inner City
Urban Governance in Developing Countries: Experiences and Challenges
Innovations In Urban Government
Diversity and the Democratic Challenge: Governing World Cities
Changing Forms of Urban Government in Central and Eastern Europe
Innovation in Chinese Urban Governance: the Shanghai Experience
Urban Challenges in Latin American Cities: Medellin and the Limits of Governance
Metropolitan Governance in Australia: the Sydney Experience
The New Ecology of Urban Governance: Special Purpose Authorities and Urban Development
Leadership, Partnership, And The Democratic Challenge
New Leadership for Democratic Urban Space
Building the Global City: the Immigrant Experience of Urban Revitalization
Professionals and the Conflicting Forces of Administrative Modernization and Civic Engagement
Against Partnership - Toward a Local Challenge to Global Neoliberalism
Governing Cities In A Global Era
From Governance to Governing
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ISBN: 9780230602304
ISBN-10: 0230602304
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 267
Published: 28th January 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1