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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Politics of Urban Governance

ISBN 9780333732670
Publication Date February 2011
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

This broad-ranging new text analyses the shape of urban politics and governance in the 21st century. The author identifies 4 main 'models' of urban governance - 'management', 'corporatist'. 'pro-growth' and 'welfare' - and assesses their different implications for the major issues, interests and problems in the contemporary urban arena.

JON PIERRE Professor of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and Bodö University College, Norway. Among his publications are Governance, Politics and the State (Palgrave, 2000), Governing Complex Societies (Palgrave, 2005).

Why Study Urban Politics?
The Challenge of Urban Governance
The Managerial City
Corporatist Governance
Pro-Growth Governance
Welfare Governance
The Decline of Urban Politics?
Cities in Global Governance
Conclusions: The Future of Urban Politics


Written in a lively and succinct style, its diversely referenced arguments will open up a broad field for its readers.' - Hal Pawson, Housing Studies
'For Jon Pierre, the city is no fixed object but a mix of governance and gaps in governance, and of institutional arrangements in tension with one another within an ongoing process of change. Unrivalled in its skilful handling of multiple concepts, this important new text proves him the master juggler in the study of city politics.' - Clarence Stone, George Washington University, US
'This is an incisive and much-needed analysis of contemporary urban politics and governance. Synthesizing research from around the world, Jon Pierre shows why urban politics matters more than ever in today's context of globalized networks.' - Patrick Le Galès, Centre for European Studies
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