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Governing Cities in a Global Era

Urban Innovation, Competition, and Democratic Reform

Governing Cities in a Global Era by Robin Hambleton
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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.
Palgrave Macmillan; November 2007
290 pages; ISBN 9780230608795
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Title: Governing Cities in a Global Era
Author: Robin Hambleton; Jill Gross