Metropolitan Democracies: Transformations of the State and Urban Policy in Canada, France and the Great Britain

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"Citizen involvement - and the concept of partnership - in urban governance has long been a major issue in the transformation of local democracy. The move from delegated to participative forms of local government has, in principle, profound consequences for governance at the scale of cities. However, it is clear that partnership and participation are interpreted in many different ways, according to the traditions of government in different countries." This volume brings together the experience of three countries in which very different approaches to participation are evident: Canada, France and the United Kingdom. By comparing and reflecting on these countries' approaches and the resulting changes in governance, it provides an in-depth analysis of the intentions and effects of involving citizens in policy making. It also highlights innovative new forms of partnership which are emerging within metropolitan areas at a local level.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754643371
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Metropolitan cities at the crossroads of globalisation and changing politics 1
2 The transformation of citizenship and democracy at local and global levels 13
3 Contemporary cities and the renewal of local democracy 31
4 Partnerships and transformation of the state in urban Britain 47
5 London : the mayor, partnership and world city business 67
6 The contradictions of partnership : Sheffield from steel to urban regeneration 83
7 Toronto's reformist regime, municipal amalgamation and participatory democracy 99
8 Municipal reform and public participation in Montreal's urban affairs : break of continuity? 117
9 The fight for jobs and economic governance : the Montreal model 133
10 Putting locally based management to the test in French public policy 147
11 Participating in development : the case of a public open space in Villeurbanne in the Lyon conurbation 163
12 Local democracy under challenge : the work of the Agora Association in Vaulx-en-Velin, France 185
13 Instituting proximity : the arrondissements of Paris, Marseille and Lyon since 1983 203
14 Metropolitan democracies : from great transformation to grand illusion? 223
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