Sicinius Velutus: ‘What is the city but the people?’
Citizens: ‘True. The people are the city’
William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, Act III, Scene I (circa 1608)
A central argument of this book is that the reach of place-less power is expanding
and that this is bad news for local communities. The behaviour of place-less,
unaccountable decision makers is creating divided societies across the world.
Why is this the case? Because these decision makers neglect the social calculus.
They do not believe it is
This book is the first comprehensive volume exploring an issue of growing importance to policy makers, academics, housing practitioners and students. It brings together contributions from the most prominent scholars in the field to provide a range of theoretical perspectives, critical analysis and empirical research findings about the role of housing and urban governance in addressing anti-social behaviour.
Contributors assess constructions of anti-social behaviour in policy discourse, identify how housing is increasingly central to the governance of anti-social behaviour and critically evaluate a wide range of measures used by housing and other agencies to tackle what is perceived to be a growing social problem. Although the book focuses on the UK, comparative international perspectives are provided from France, Australia and the United States.
The book covers definitions of anti-social behaviour and policy responses including key new legislation and the legal role of social landlords in governing anti-social behaviour. There is comprehensive coverage of key measures including eviction, probationary tenancies, Anti-social Behaviour Orders, mediation and Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, and of innovative developments such as gated communities, intensive support services and the use of private security.
“Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviour” will be of interest to academics, policy-makers, practitioners and students in the fields of housing, urban studies, social policy, legal studies and criminology.
Competitiveness, cohesion and urbangovernance
Martin Boddy and Michael Parkinson
This final chapter provides a summary of key findings from the research
programme and explores policy implications. The first part of the chapter
draws on the individual studies presented in this volume. The second part
reflects on some of the wider issues relating to the main programme themes of
competitiveness, cohesion and urbangovernance.
The four ‘integrated city studies’ that comprised Part One of this volume
Cities across the globe face unprecedented challenges as a result of ever-increasing pressure from climate change, migration, ageing populations and resource shortages. In order to guarantee a sustainable global future, these issues demand radical new approaches to how we govern our cities.
Providing new research and thinking about cities, their governance and innovative models of planning reform, this timely and important book compares the UK with an array of international examples to examine cutting-edge experimentation and innovation in new models of governance and urban policy.
The flagship text of the Urban Policy, Planning and Built Environment series, this broad but accessible volume is ideal for students and provides an authoritative single point of reference for teaching.
This book presents the findings of a major Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) project into urban austerity governance in eight cities across the world (Athens, Baltimore, Barcelona, Melbourne, Dublin, Leicester, Montréal and Nantes). It offers comparative reflections on the myriad experiences of collaborative governance and its limitations.
An international collaborative from across the social sciences, the book discusses ways that citizens, activists and local states collaborate and come into conflict in attempting to build just cities. It examines the development of egalitarian collaborative governance strategies, provides innovative ideas and tools to extend emancipatory governance practices and shows hopeful possibilities for cities beyond austerity and neoliberalism.
Introduction: directly elected
mayors in urbangovernance
David Sweeting, University of Bristol, UK
This book is about directly elected mayors – political leaders who head
multi-functional municipal authorities and are voted into power directly
by citizens in those municipalities. In many countries, such as the US,
Canada and Japan, directly elected mayors are a typical or traditional
feature of local political systems. In many others, they have been taken
up as a reform to a system of local, urban or metropolitan government,
and have been introduced
Directly elected mayors are political leaders who are selected directly by citizens and head multi-functional local government authorities. This book examines the contexts, features and debates around this model of leadership, and how in practice political leadership is exercised through it.
The book draws on examples from Europe, the US, and Australasia to examine the impacts, practices, and debates of mayoral leadership in different cities and countries. Themes that recur throughout include the formal and informal powers that mayors exercise, their relationships with other actors in governance - both inside municipalities and in broader governance networks - and the advantages and disadvantages of the mayoral model.
Both qualitative and quantitative approaches are used to build a picture of views of and on directly elected mayors in different contexts from across the globe. This book will be a valuable resource for those studying or researching public policy, public management, urban studies, politics, law, and planning.
The overall aim of this book has been to analyse the cumulative
effects of recent reforms (2010–onwards) to city governance in the
United Kingdom, explicitly considering whether they can be said
to be progressive in nature. We had three objectives: first, to present
in one easily accessible volume comprehensive yet concise analysis
of results of the changes to city governance that have been seen in
the UK since 2010, at a range of scales. Second, to consolidate and
disseminate research in this field and new
housing, urbangovernance and
• Faith-based organisations have figured prominently in the urban regeneration
agendas of consecutive British governments. The city itself has deep symbolism
in Christianity, and although church groups are best placed to engage with
government with regeneration projects, minority religions are increasingly
coming on board as well.
• Although deeply motivated by an ethic of service to fulfil social needs, faith
groups in the UK also engage in political mobilisation, as evidenced by the