The Short Guide to Urban Policy

Claire Edwards and Rob Imrie

The Short Guide to Urban Policy

Claire Edwards and Rob Imrie

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

176 pages | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $21.95 ISBN: 9781447307990 Published September 2015 For sale in North and South America only
With an ever increasing proportion of the world’s population inhabiting urban environments, the management of cities remains a perennial challenge for governments and policy makers. This concise but wide-ranging text makes sense of the multiple ways in which urban issues and problems have been defined and addressed in different places at different times. From initiatives that focus on social tensions within the urban realm, to those which seek to develop cities as economic entities, the book provides an accessible discussion and critique of some of the key approaches that have characterized urban policy across the globe. Providing case studies of urban policy actions, explanations of key concepts, and succinct chapter summaries, this unique introductory text is invaluable reading for both students and practitioners who are new to the area of urban policy, and who wish to understand and assess policy responses to the challenges posed by urban living and lifestyles.
Contents
Introduction
The urban challenge
Understanding urban policy
Whose right to the city?
Privatisation and entrepreneurial urban policy
Community planning and partnership
Culture and the creative city
Urban renaissance and sustainable urban development
Urban recovery and the future for cities
Postscript
Keeping up to date
Review Quotes
David Imbroscio, University of Louisville, author of "Urban America Reconsidered"
“An ideal introductory text: comprehensive—covering an impressive array of topics—yet concise; sophisticated, yet decidedly accessible to undergraduates as well as reflective practitioners. An excellent primer for those on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Allan Cochrane, Open University
“An engaging and wide-ranging introduction to urban policy, which highlights debates about the nature of the city and urban life, thoughtfully reflecting on possible urban futures and the policy implications associated with them.”
Pauline McGuirk, University of Newcastle, Australia
“A staunchly critical and comprehensive primer on the political logics and dynamics of dominant urban policy forms. This excellent text is accessible and engaging, historically grounded and well resourced. A must-read for students of urban studies, urban governance, and urban geography.”
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