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 participation and better public services while they struggle to position themselves in the new world economy. While each of the cities is located in its unique historical setting, the emphasis of the book is upon the common dilemmas raised by major planning problems and the search for more suitable approaches to governance and citizen involvement. A principal theme is the re-engineering of institutional structures designed to foster local responsiveness and popular participation. The discussion is set in the context of the globalizing forces that have impacted to different degrees, at different times, upon London, Tokyo, Toronto, Berlin, Hyderabad and Atlanta.
Cities in Transition is a major and original addition to the comparative literature on urban governance.
Table of Contents
1. Changing Cities 2. London: The Modernising Metropolis 3. Tokyo: The Mobile Megalopolis 4. Toronto: A Penchant for Metro Reform 5. Berlin: Candidate World City? 6. Hyderabad: Hi-Tech Hub of a Rural State 7. Atlanta: The Sprawling Metropolis 8. Conclusion: Cities in Transition
Nirmala Rao is Pro-Warden (Academic) and Professor of Politics at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.