1st Edition

Great Cities of the World Their government, Politics and Planning

Edited By W.A. Robson Copyright 1954
    936 Pages
    by Routledge

    820 Pages
    by Routledge

    The giant city of today is a unique phenomenon. Never before have such acute problems of government, the provision of essential services, planning, social life, and civilized living arisen from uncontrolled urbanization. In the West and in the East, in the more developed and in the less developed countries, in capitalist and communist states, the great metropolis represents a problem of the first importance which challenges the statesman, the official, the town planner, the political scientist, the sociologist and, above all, the intelligent citizen.

    The editor has here assembled an authoritative series of studies describing the growth, significance, government, politics adn planning of twenty-four great cities of the world. They show how these widely scattered cities faced essentially similar problems. Each study deals with the actual working of one city in the 1950s, how its elective adn executive bodies are organized, the kind of political forces which motivate their activities, the scope and character of the municipal services, how they are finiance. The cities dealt with include Bombay, Amsterdam, Moscow, Montreal, Stockholm, Rome, New York, London, Sydney and Tokyo.

    This book was first published in 1954.

    Part One: The Great City of Today

    1. A modern phenomenon

    2. The metropolitan community

    3. Special constitutional features

    4. The elected council

    5. The city council as executive

    6. An executive appointed by the council

    7. The elected mayor as executive

    8. An elected committee as executive

    9. An executive appointed by the central government

    10. Municipal services

    11. The need for integration

    12. The attempt to expand

    13. The Ad Hoc authority for special purposes

    14. Other attempts to solve the problem

    15. Politics in the great city

    16. Divided civic and political interest

    17. Relations with higher authorities

    18. Municipal finance

    19. Planning the great city

    20. The problems summarized

    21. The metropolitan region of tomorrow


    Amsterdam, J.P. Wilschut

    Bombay and Calcutta, Professor M. Verkatarangaia

    Buenos Aires, Professor Rafael Bielsa

    Chicago, Professor Robert A. Walker

    Copenhagen, Dr Axel Holm

    London, Professor William A. Robson

    Los Angeles, Professor Winston W. Crouch and Professor Dean E. McHenry

    Manchester, Lady Shena Simon

    Montreal and Toronto, K.B. Callard

    Moscow, Roger Simona and Maurice Hookham

    New York, Professor Rexford Guy Tugwell

    Paris, Brian Chapman

    Rio de Janeiro, Jose Arthur Rios

    Rome, Professor Giuseppe Chiarelli

    Stockholm, Professor Gunnar Heckscher and Per HOlm

    Sydney, Professor F.A. Bland

    Wellington, Ralph H. Brookes

    Zurich, Professor Max Imboden

    Cologne, Lorenz Fischer and Peter van Hauten

    Johannesburg, Dr L. P. Green

    Tokyo and Osaka, Professor Masamichi Royama


    W.A. Robson