Governing Sustainable Cities
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Governing Sustainable Cities by Bob Evans
Book DescriptionUrban governance and sustainability are rapidly becoming key issues around the world. Currently three billion people - half the population of the planet - live in cities, and by 2050 a full two-thirds of the world's population will be housed in ever larger and increasingly densely populated urban areas. The economic, social and environmental challenges posed by urbanization on such a large scale and at such a rapid pace are staggering for local, regional and national governments working towards sustainability. Solutions to the myriad problems plaguing the quest for sustainability at the city-level are equally as diverse and complex, but are rooted in the assumptions of the 'sustainability agenda', developed at the Rio Earth Summit and embodied in Local Agenda/Action 21. These assumptions state that good governance is a necessary precondition for the achievement of sustainable development, particularly at the local level, and that the mobilization of local communities is an essential part of this process. Yet until now, these assumptions, which have guided the policies and programmes of over 6000 local authorities around the world, have never been seriously tested. Drawing on three years of field research in 40 European towns and cities, Governing for Sustainable Cities is the first book to examine empirically the processes of urban governance in sustainable development. Looking at a host of core issues including institutional and social capacity, institutional design, social equity, politics, partnerships and cooperation and creative policy-making, the authors draw compelling conclusions and offer strong guidance. This book is essential reading for policy-makers, politicians, activists and NGOs, planners, researchers and academics, whether in Europe, North America, Australasia or transitional and developing countries, concerned with advancing sustainability in our rapidly urbanizing world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844071692
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Earthscan Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bob Evans
Just Sustainabilities, Paperback (October 2001)
Argues that social and environmental justice within and between nations should be an integral part of the policies and agreements that promote sustainable development. This book addresses the links between environmental quality and human equality and between sustainability and environmental justice.
Town Planning into the 21st Century, Hardback (June 1998)
Offering a series of insights into the planning process, this work introduces key issues currently facing planning and offers prescriptions for change.
Kid Stays in the Picture, Hardback (September 1994)» View all books by Bob Evans
Love Story . . . The Godfather . . . Chinatown . . .No one had a hotter string of hits--or a more scandalous fall--than movie mogul and power player Robert Evans. From the top of the Paramount mountain to the bottom of the barrel and back, Evans omits nothing in the hottest tell-all since Julia Phillips. Photo insert.
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Author Biography - Bob Evans
Bob Evans is Director of the Sustainable Cities Research Institute, Northumbria University. Marko Joas is Head of Research in the Department of Social Science and Public Administration, Abo Akademi University, Finland. Susan Sundback is a sociologist who has worked at Abo Akademi University and Bergen University, Norway. Kate Theobald is a Research Fellow at the Sustainable Cities Research Institute.
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