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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

Paperback Published: 28th January 2008
ISBN: 9780230602304
Number Of Pages: 267

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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.

'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 make this a suitable book for classroom use' - Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning

'In the year in which the urban population of the planet exceeds the rural for the first time this book gives us many insights into the new challenges that city leaders and policy makers now face. By examining the experiences of very different metropolitan areas in different parts of the world Hambleton and Gross lead us in an exploration of the most relevant issues concerning urban governance in a time of rapid globalization. The case study illustrations and theoretical reflections demonstrate how important it now is to engage in cross-national learning, not just to understand urban phenomena but also to create the capacity to govern effectively in modern time.' - Professor Sandro Balducci, Head of the Department of Architecture and Planning, Milan Polytechnic, Italy

'This book provides invaluable insights on the changing dynamics of city development in different continents. The various chapters provide many helpful suggestions for city leaders on how to respond to the major urban challenges we now face. The Chinese experience is valuable for examining and sharing.' - Dr. Baoxing Qiu, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Construction, China

'The world is now urban and the largest cities have formed a global connective tissue that is stronger than nation states. As big cities enter a global era they struggle with their parochial mission of meeting the needs of their local communities. But what is local in a global era? Is it a region, a mega-region or a system of cities? These are the issues of governance that Hambleton and Gross tackle with insight, breadth and depth. This book provides an important contribution that will be of interest to all concerned about the future of cities' - Edward J. Blakely, Professor of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Sydney, Australia and Executive Director Recovery, City of New Orleans, USA

'This is a "must buy" book for those who care about cities and the future of cities. By bringing together contributions from leading urban scholars in different continents the editors illuminate the challenges now facing city leaders in a refreshing and inventive way. The forces of globalization gather pace but, as the authors of this volume show with great insight, this does not mean that everywhere has to become the same. Luckily cities are different. I recommend this book to readers from north and south, east and west.' - Suketu Mehta, Author of Maximum City. Bombay Lost and Found (Vintage Books, New York, 2004)

'This ambitious book on cities aims to achieve truly international coverage of the challenges posed by globalization, demographic change, social diversity, economic competition, growing inequality and contemporary governance reforms. Using case studies of individual cities and comparisons between cities, the authors identify trends, innovations and contradictions. With significant contributions from Hambleton and Gross, they critically reappraise prevalent theories, reflect on policy and practice, and suggest how the challenges might be tackled more effectively and equitably. Academics, policy makers and opinion formers from around the world will find much to interest, disturb and inspire them in this book.' - Carole Rakodi, Professor, Department of International Development, School of Public Policy, University of Birmingham, UK

'Cities have become the strategic spaces where global forces shape current events, often in unexpected ways. New intercity geographies span 'the globe, making trans-local processes and relations part of the urban social, economic and political life. Hambleton and Gross have brought together a diverse abd international group of authors to provide us with one of the best books on the challenges of governing cities in a global era.' - Saskia Sassen, author of Territory, Authority, Rights

'Hambleton and Gross have brought us a big book with a grand sweep. The editors and authors of this volume breathe new life into globalization and the city's response to it. They illuminate globalization's uneven effects showing how governmental responses differ in advanced, transitional and underdeveloped cities. This important collection is the product of an international cast of authors who not only cover a lot of ground, but do it with aplomb and incisiveness. Scholars and policy makers would do well to discover its lessons.' - Hank Savitch, Brown and Williamson Distinguished Research Professor, School of Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville, USA

'Practitioners such as mayors, city managers, city planners and community organizers would to well to study this book 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, USA

'This book opens an interesting discussion about urban governance which concerns not only cities of the northern hemisphere, but also those in the southern regions of the world. Furthermore, Hambleton and Gross introduce a wide variety of cases that challenge us to adopt a more critical attitude to the globalization process and to consider new vocations that could be developed to improve the quality of life in cities given current international pressures.' - Sergio Zermeno, Researcher, Social Research Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Distilling common themes from such a large and disparate group of research papers is always a challenge. The editors of this book must be complemented for having so seamlessly and adroitly integrated the articles into three thematic sections that can reveal the challenges globalisation and urbanisation pose for social and economic change in the twenty-first century...[a] stellar contribution to scholarship.' In-Spire Journal of Law, Politics and Societies

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