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If Mayors Ruled the World

Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

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In the face of the most perilous challenges of our time—climate change, terrorism, poverty, and trafficking of drugs, guns, and people—the nations of the world seem paralyzed. The problems are too big, too interdependent, too divisive for the nation-state. Is the nation-state, once democracy's best hope, today democratically dysfunctional? Obsolete? The answer, says Benjamin Barber in this highly provocative and original book, is yes. Cities and the mayors who run them can do and are doing a better job.
Barber cites the unique qualities cities worldwide share: pragmatism, civic trust, participation, indifference to borders and sovereignty, and a democratic penchant for networking, creativity, innovation, and cooperation. He demonstrates how city mayors, singly and jointly, are responding to transnational problems more effectively than nation-states mired in ideological infighting and sovereign rivalries. Featuring profiles of a dozen mayors around the world—courageous, eccentric, or both at once—If Mayors Ruled the World presents a compelling new vision of governance for the coming century. Barber makes a persuasive case that the city is democracy’s best hope in a globalizing world, and great mayors are already proving that this is so.

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Auteur
Benjamin R. Barber Gershon and Carol Kekst Professor of Civil Society and the Wilson H Elkins Professor at the Maryland School of Public Affairs Benjamin R Barber
Taal
Engels
Afmetingen
33x243x164 mm
Gewicht
763,00 gram
Verschijningsdatum
oktober 2013
Druk
1
ISBN10
030016467X
ISBN13
9780300164671

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