Governing Cities In A Global Era: Urban Innovation, Competition, and Democratic Reform by R. HambletonGoverning Cities In A Global Era: Urban Innovation, Competition, and Democratic Reform by R. Hambleton

Governing Cities In A Global Era: Urban Innovation, Competition, and Democratic Reform

byR. Hambleton

Paperback | January 28, 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.
Robin Hambleton is Professor of City Leadership in the Faculty of Environment and Technology at the University of the West of England, Bristol and Director of Urban Answers – a private UK based company.  He was Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago until 2007.  He now...
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Title:Governing Cities In A Global Era: Urban Innovation, Competition, and Democratic ReformFormat:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0 inPublished:January 28, 2008Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Global Trends, Diversity and Local Democracy--Jill Simone Gross and Robin Hambleton * PART I: GLOBAL PRESSURES ON URBAN GOVERNANCE * Rethinking Globalization: The Impact of Central Governments on World Cities--Takashi Tsukamoto and Ronald K. Vogel * Governing the Capital: Comparing Institutional Reform in Berlin, London and Paris--Manfred Röber and Eckhard Schröter * Uneven Development, City Governance and Urban Change: Unpacking the Global-Local Nexus in Dublin’s Inner City--Michael Punch, Declan Redmond and Sinead Kelly * Urban Governance in Developing Countries: Experiences and Challenges--Richard Stren * PART II: INNOVATIONS IN URBAN GOVERNMENT *  Diversity and the Democratic Challenge: Governing World Cities--Jill Simone Gross *  Changing Forms of Urban Government in Central and Eastern Europe--Pawel Swianiewicz * Innovation in Chinese Urban Governance: the Shanghai Experience--Tingwei Zhang * Urban Challenges in Latin American Cities: Medellin and the Limits of Governance--John Betancur * Metropolitan Governance in Australia: the Sydney Experience--Daniel Kübler and Bill Randolph * The New Ecology of Urban Governance: Special Purpose Authorities and Urban Development--Dennis R. Judd and James M. Smith * PART III: LEADERSHIP, PARTNERSHIP, AND THE DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGE * New Leadership for Democratic Urban Space--Robin Hambleton * Building the Global City: the Immigrant Experience of Urban Revitalization--Janice Bockmeyer * Professionals and the Conflicting Forces of Administrative Modernization and Civic Engagement--John Nalbandian * 
Against Partnership - Toward a Local Challenge to Global Neoliberalism
--Jonathan Davies * PART IV: GOVERNING CITIES IN A GLOBAL ERA * From Governance to Governing--Robin Hambleton and Jill Simone Gross

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"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