Urban Governance in the Realm of Complexity

Paper: 978 1 85339 969 5 / $59.95
Published: May 2017  

Cloth: 978 1 85339 968 8 / $119.95
Published: July 2017  

Publisher: Practical Action
342 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/5"
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Urban Governance in the Realm of Complexity discusses the role of urban information systems; public, private and community partnerships; and co-operation between governmental, NGOs and CBOs. It displays a concern for participation and self-organization of stakeholders in the urban development process and attention for emerging institutional forms for urban governance and management in developing countries, or what we would now call the role of emerging governance structures.

Table of Contents:
1. Introduction: From urban management towards urban governance—Jurian Edelenbos and Meine Pieter van Dijk

Part I: The emergence of new forms of urban governance through collective action

2. ‘Pushed to the bush’? Changes in resettlement approaches in India— Maartje van Eerd
3. Innovation of handicraft exporters in emerging economies—Jan Fransen
4. The urban governance of Climate Change Adaptation: Exploring the public and private responsibilities for flood hazard reduction in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam—Veronica Olivotto and Alberto Gianoli
5. Building trust in complex urban regeneration partnerships—Carley Pennink
6. Governance and sustainable solid waste management in Ghana—Sampson Oduro-Kwarteng, Meine Pieter van Dijk and Kafui Afi Ocloo
7. Multiple Criteria Analysis in low-carbon urban development: A review of applications in developing and transitional economies—Stelios Grafakos and Elena Marie Enseñado

Part II: The role of participation, in particular through self-organizing networks

8. Enabling and constraining conditions for boundary spanning in community-led urban regeneration: a conceptual model—Ingmar van Meerkerk, Maria Zwanenburg and Maartje van Eerd
9. Surrogate governance and self-organization in Tripoli, Lebanon—Dayana Al Alam and Alexander Jachnow
10. Collective engagement: Picking up after the storm in the Philippines—Therese Audrey O. Estaban
11. Urban planning and self-organized citizens’ networks in post-transitional societies in South-Eastern Europe: A case study of city of Skopje—Katarina Mojanchevska
12. Biking as governance: Positioning urban cycling in Quito—Elisa Puga and Alexander Jachnow

Part III: The importance of sustainable governance

13. Transition towards sustainable mobility: Opportunities and challenges for sustainable benefits assessment in decision-making—Somesh Sharma and Harry Geerlings
14. Institutional arrangements for integrated flood management in the Ciliwung-Cisadane river basin for Jakarta Metropolitan Area, Indonesia—Bramandita Resa Kurnia Dewi and Jacko van Ast
15. Governance of urban eco-initiatives in Beijing in times of climate change—Meine Pieter van Dijk and Xiao Liang

Reviews & Endorsements:
"This volume presents an intriguing overview of emerging new governance structures in complex urban environments in a variety of developing countries such as India, Vietnam and Ghana. This book focuses around three themes: the emergence of new forms of urban governance through collective action, the role of participation, in particular through self-organizing networks and the importance of sustainable governance. The authors show that the shift from urban management towards urban governance approaches that started in Europe can now also be observed, in their own specific way, in developing countries. This well written book is a must read for academics and professionals interested in urban governance in developing countries."
- Leo van den Berg, professor emeritus in Regional Economics and Urban Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam
"This publication is timely and its contents appropriate. Its main topics are currently high on the international agenda and will enjoy therefore full attention at all levels."
- Mingshun Zhang, Director and Professor, Beijing Climate Change Research and Education Centre, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture