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Introducing urban politics and planning

Watson, Sophie and Bridge, Gary (2010). Introducing urban politics and planning. In: Watson, Sophie and Bridge, Gary eds. Blackwell City Reader (2nd revised edition). Chichester: Blackwell, pp. 333–339.

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Abstract

Across the world the rates of growth, global interconnectedness and environmental impacts of cities raise serious questions about the relevance and effectiveness of urban government and planning in any one city-region. Indeed, these trends do present enormous challenges that cannot be tackled by city governments and planning departments acting independently or in isolation. However, urban processes operate at a range of scales and the "urban" itself still represents a critical arena of politics and planning, a nexus of multiscalar processes. These, for example, link local government policies of recycling or infrastructure maintenance with wider questions of social and environmental sustainability at the transnational scale. In all this the question of who, or what influences, govern the city is still an important one.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2010 John Wiley and Sons Ltd
ISBN: 1-4051-8982-7, 978-1-4051-8982-8
Keywords: cities and towns
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Sociology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 21456
Depositing User: Sophie Watson
Date Deposited: 28 May 2010 09:09
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:33
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/21456
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