Cities are often seen as helpless victims in a global flow of events and many view growing inequality in cities as inevitable. This engaging book rejects this gloomy prognosis and argues that imaginative place-based leadership can enable citizens to shape the urban future in accordance with progressive values - advancing social justice, promoting care for the environment and bolstering community empowerment.
This international and comparative book, written by an experienced author, shows how inspirational civic leaders are making a major difference in cities across the world. The analysis provides practical lessons for local leaders and a significant contribution to thinking on public service innovation for anyone who wants to change urban society for the better.
Robin Hambleton is Professor of City Leadership in the Faculty of Environment and Technology at the University of the West of England, Bristol and Director of Urban Answers. An expert on urban planning, city management and local governance, he was the founding President of the European Urban Research Association (EURA) and Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Preface; A guide to the book; Innovation Stories; Overview; Place-based leadership and the inclusive city; Part 1 Diagnosis: Understanding trends and challenges; Global trends and our urban future; The changing nature of public service reform; Part 2 Concepts: Place, leadership, innovation and democratic governance; Understanding place and public policy; Place-based leadership; Leading public service innovation; Democratic urban governance; Part 3 Experiences: Place-based leadership in action; Leading the eco-city; Creating people-friendly cities; The diversity advantage; Part 4 Lesson drawing: Insights and international learning; From smart cities to wise cities; International lesson drawing;