In the age of globalization, state restructuring is changing the
political landscape. How does reshaping local government affect citizen
involvement in public life? As cities move between centralized and
decentralized governance and conservative and progressive leadership,
what brings out the best and the worst in civic engagement?
In this thought-provoking book, Sylvia Bashevkin examines the
consequences of divergent restructuring experiences in London and
Toronto. By focusing on the forced amalgamation of local boroughs in
Toronto and the creation of a new metropolitan authority in London,
Tales of Two Cities explores the fallout for women as urban
citizens. Ultimately, context is crucial to whether municipal change
signals pessimism or promise.
Clear, insightful, and prescient, Tales of Two Cities will appeal to
those interested in civic affairs, political inclusion, and the future
of democracy in major urban centres.