City Reframed: Managing Warsaw in the 1990s / Edition 1

City Reframed: Managing Warsaw in the 1990s / Edition 1

by Barbara Czarniawska
     
 

ISBN-10: 9058230651

ISBN-13: 9789058230652

Pub. Date: 08/01/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Management of big cities is a relatively unresearched area, as compared to city planning and city governance. A study of Warsaw city management reveals the transformation process typically found in European countries in political and economic transition. In A City Reframed, Czarniawska conceptualises city management as an "action-net" under transformation,

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Management of big cities is a relatively unresearched area, as compared to city planning and city governance. A study of Warsaw city management reveals the transformation process typically found in European countries in political and economic transition. In A City Reframed, Czarniawska conceptualises city management as an "action-net" under transformation, where three types of action are in focus: "muddling through", or coping with daily problems; "reframing", or changing the frame of interpretation of the world in order to take successful action; and "anchoring", the testing of new ideas on potentially involved parties in order to secure cooperation or minimize resistance. "Muddling through" is central to management in Warsaw, as it no doubt has always been: it is this "muddling through" that makes cities function. The specificity of the Warsaw picture is its demand for "reframing" and numerous and varied attempts have been made to achieve a "change of frame". They were sometimes successful, sometimes not, the skill of anchoring only slowly emerging from the most recent past, with the sediments of the old regimes an obvious obstacle. The study pinpoints the phenomena central to the construction of the action-net of city management, and traces its further connections (or lack of such), both temporally and spatially.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789058230652
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/01/2000
Series:
Cities and Regions Series
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series
Preface
Acknowledgments
Key to Transcripts and Quotations
1Warsaw - A Chronotope1
2Metro Carries You to the Past and into the Future29
3Pure, Live Water51
4Rich, Parsimonious and Thrifty79
5An Intense Translating Program105
6On Oblivion and Hybrid Organizing141
References151
Index155

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