The Business of Cities: Are Cities like Businesses?

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Authors: Greg Clark & Emily Moir The last blog in this series looked at new roles for business in cities, as identified in the Business of Cities essay. In this post we explore the suitability of commercial strategies for city governance. The language of business has infiltrated city government and urban studies: concepts such as city branding, […]

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The Business of Cities

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Authors: Greg Clark and Emily Moir The UK Government Office for Science has published an essay from the Business of Cities:  Future of cities: the business of cities This blog marks the start of a series of posts, which will introduce the key messages from the essay and assert a new agenda for cites and […]

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Tackling Corruption in La Paz

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Author: Emily Moir, The Business of Cities. In the new urban age, interest is growing in city leadership and in the skills, styles and character traits of successful city leaders. This blog looks at one city leadership success story – that of Ronald MacLean Abaroa, who was elected Mayor of La Paz, Bolivia four times between […]

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Lisbon’s Leaders Inspire Greater Citizen Participation

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Author: Emily Moir, The Business of Cities. Portugal continues to struggle with the after-effects of the Global Financial Crisis. Unemployment remains stubbornly high, particularly amongst young people (around a third of whom are out of work), the country’s largest listed bank collapsed at the beginning of August, and personal indebtedness levels are still of concern. Gallup[i] […]

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2014 – Cape Town’s Year

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Author: Rosemary Feenan New York, Edinburgh, London and Sydney are cities that are synonymous with some of the world’s best New Year’s Eve celebrations. At midnight on December 31st 2013, a new city joined the list: Cape Town. In what was billed as ‘Africa’s biggest free party’ more than 100,000 revellers ushered in the New […]

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New York’s Fourth Regional Plan

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Author: Greg Clark In April, New York’s Regional Plan Association launched the International Advisory Committee on the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region’s Fourth Regional Plan. Greg Clark looks at the association behind the plan, and reflects on the challenges that the New York region faces. The Regional Plan Association (RPA) is the oldest urban research […]

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Business Leadership in Barcelona: The Emergence of a new player

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Author: Rosemary Feenan City leadership is no longer just about Mayors and Councils. Wider stakeholders, from the private sector and academia to civic groups and not-for-profits are playing an increasingly important role in city development. One recent trend in city governance has been the rise of business leadership groups, including Barcelona Global. Barcelona Global was […]

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Could Mayors Rule the World?

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Author: Rosemary Feenan A new book by Benjamin Barber claims that Mayors could and should rule the world. Rosemary Feenan explores the arguments put forward. Benjamin Barber may be the Cassandra of global politics. His best known book to date, Jihad vs McWorld, published in 1995, was a prescient exploration of the modern conflict between […]

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