Throughout the world more policy making and the politics that shape it take place in the urban regions where most people live. This book draws on eleven case studies of similar but disparate urban regions in France, Germany and the United States from the 1960s to the 1990s. It documents the growth of this urban governance and develops a pioneering analysis of its causes and consequences. It traces the origins to the expansion and devolution of policy making, to local business mobilization and institutional interests in high-tech and service activities, and the incorporation of local social movements. Nation-states shape the possibilities for this urban governance, but operate increasingly as infrastructures for local initiatives. Where urban governance has succeeded in combining environmental quality and social inclusion with local prosperity, local officials have built on supportive infrastructures from higher levels, the local economy, civil society, and favourable positions in the global economy.
• Most comprehensive, most sophisticated comparative analysis of decentralization and its significance for governance within cities • First comparative urban study to integrate analysis of urban political economy fully with analysis of national and international political economies • Study draws on unusually systematic statistical data on local populations, economies, budgets, elections, spatial patterns
1. Understanding the post-industrial political economy; 2. Pathways of post-industrial transformation; 3. The real world of decentralization; 4. The strategies of urban regimes; 5. The making of urban regimes; 6. The shaping of movement politics; 7. The politics of the post-industrial trilemma; Appendix A. City profiles; Appendix B. Background of the research; Appendix C. Supplemental tables.
'… this is an important book …' Progress in Human Geography
'Sellers' book will make a useful addition to the burgeoning literature that critiques hyper-globalist interpretations of globalization. … an interesting read and one that raises questions over how relationships of governance are constituted in different spatial contexts.' Royal Geographical Society