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“A very important publication on urban governance in a variety of national and regional settings within the developing world.”—Salma A. Shafti, CUS Bulletin on Urbanization and Development

“The evidence gives rise to cautious optimism as local residents learn to take control of existing institutions and frame their own to serve their interests.”—Choice

Chapter List


1. Introduction: Toward the Comparative Study of Urban Governance
Richard Stren

2. Confronting Critical Disjunctures in the Governance of Cities
Patricia L. McCarney

3. Ethnographies of Governance: Urban Spaces and Actors in the Middle East
Seteney Shami

4. Bellavista: Local Political Activism in Defense of a Barrio
Lucy Winchester, Teresa Cáreres, and Alfredo Rodriguez

5. Democratic Governance and Participation: Tales of Two Cities
Renato Raul Boschi

6. Fiscal Innovations and Urban Governance
Om Prakash Mathur

7. Rethinking the Enabling Strategy of Social Housing: State-Civil Society Dynamics in Southeast Asia
Emma Porio

8. Reforming Governance in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nazrul Islam with Mohammad Mohabbat Khan, Nurul Islam Nazem, and Mohammad Habibur Rahman

9. "My Soul I Can See": The Limits of Governing African Cities in a Context of Globalization and Complexity
Mark Swilling, AbdouMaliq Simone, and Firoz Khan

10. Governance and Municipal Management in Mexico and Colombia: Between Clientelist Practices and New Forms of Democratic Government
Emilio Duhau and Martha Schteingart

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