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  • Politicising Democracyby John Harriss; Kristian Stokke; Olle Törnquist

    Palgrave Macmillan 2004; US$ 37.00

    There is a major contradiction in contemporary politics: there has been a wave of democratization that has swept across much of the world, while at the same time globalization appears to have reduced the social forces that have built democracy historically. This book, by an international group of authors, analyzes the ways in which local politics in... more...

  • Legitimacy and Urban Governanceby Hubert Heinelt; David Sweeting; Panagiotis Getimis

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 54.95

    A fresh examination of the relationship between two key issues in the on-going debate on urban governance - leadership and community involvement. It explores the nature of the interaction between community involvement and political leadership in modern local governance by drawing on empirical data gathered from case-studies concerning cities in... more...

  • Official Leadership in the Cityby James H. Svara

    Oxford University Press 1990; US$ 114.99 US$ 98.89

    The burden of addressing the problems of urban society fall increasingly on cities as the federal government cuts back domestic spending. This book examines the roles of mayors, councils, and administrators in governing and managing their cities. Positing that the internal dynamics of city governments are largely shaped by their structures, the author... more...

  • Cities in Transitionby Nirmala Rao

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 57.95

    This is an up-to-date and topical treatment of how six major cities in Europe, North America and Asia are coping with the new demands on urban government. Population expansion, the migration of new peoples and disparities between cities and suburbs are longstanding features of the urban crisis. Today, city governments also face demands for popular... more...

  • Political Life in Cairos New Quartersby Salwa Ismail

    University of Minnesota Press 2006; US$ 67.50

    Since the 1970s, Cairo has experienced tremendous growth and change. Nearly three million people now live in new urban communities characterized by unregulated housing, informal economic activity, and the presence of Islamist groups. Salwa Ismail examines the effects of these changes in Political Life in Cairo's New Quarters. Working in Cairo,... more...

  • Local Governance in Western Europeby Peter John

    SAGE Publications 2001; US$ 47.00

    This text provides a comprehensive introduction to local government and urban politics in contemporary Western Europe. It is the first book to map and explain the change in local political systems and to place these in comparative context. more...

  • Subnational Governmentby Professor John Loughlin

    Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 125.00

    With globalization and the EU, local and regional government in member states have experienced dramatic changes in their operation, responsibilities and organizations. Loughlin presents an overview of the theory and practice of subnational government in France and a detailed examination of the outcomes. more...

  • Rural Democracy in Chinaby Baogang He

    Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 110.00

    This book examines village democracy and the prospects of China's democratization. It explains how three key factors - township, economy and kinship - shape village democracy and account for rural variations. It considers the extension of village to township elections, the idea of a mixed regime and its impact on political development in China. more...

  • The Chinese State in Transitionby Linda Chelan Li

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 54.95

    One of the more commonly and widely held beliefs outside the People?s Republic of China about the changes wrought by the reform era is that there has been no political change The attention of the outside world focuses inevitably on Beijing and national level politics. Nonetheless, it may actually be at the more local levels that changes in politics... more...

  • Governing Cities in a Global Eraby Robin Hambleton; Jill Gross

    Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 41.00

    This book is about the role that ideas, institutions, and actors play in structuring how we govern cities and, more specifically, what projects or paths are taken. Global changes require that we rethink governance and urban policy, and that we do so through the dual lens of theory and practice. more...