9780415390989

Cities and Development

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415390989

  • ISBN10:

    0415390982

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 8/10/2009
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

By 2030 more than sixty percent of the world's population will live in urban areas, with most of the world#xE2;#xAC;"s population growth over the next twenty-five years being absorbed by cities and towns in low and middle income countries. What are the consequences of this shift? Demographic pressure already strains the capacity of local and national governments to manage urban change. Today, nearly one billion people live in slums, and in the absence of significant intervention that number is set to double in the next two decades. Will our future be dominated by mega-cities of poverty and despair, or can urbanization be harnessed to advance human and economic development? Cities and Developmentprovides a critical exploration of the dynamic relationship between urbanism and development. Highlighting both the challenges and opportunities associated with rapid urban change, the book surveys: the historical relationship between urbanization and development the role cities play in fostering economic growth in a globalizing world the unique characteristics of urban poverty and the poor record of interventions designed to tackle it the complexities of managing urban environments; issues of urban crime, violence, war and terrorism in contemporary cities the importance of urban planning, governance and politics in shaping city futures. This book brings into conversation debates from urban and development studies and highlights the strengths and weaknesses of current policy and planning responses to the contemporary urban challenge. It includes research orientated supplements in the form of summaries, boxed case studies, development questions and further reading. The book is intended for senior undergraduate and graduate students interested in urban, international and development studies, as well as policy-makers and planners concerned with equitable and sustainable urban development.

Author Biography

Jo Beall is Professor of Development Studies at the London School of Economics. A political sociologist, she specialises in urban development policy, local governance and cities in situations of conflict and her books include Uniting a Divided City: Governance and Social Exclusion in Johannesburg, A City for All, and Funding Local Governance. Sean Fox is a researcher and Teaching Fellow in the Development Studies Institute at the London School of Economics. He has worked as a consultant on urban poverty and development issues with Oxfam, Care International, and the Bill Melinda Gates Foundations.

Table of Contents

List of platesp. ix
List of figuresp. xi
List of tablesp. xiii
List of boxesp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
List of abbreviationsp. xix
Development in the first urban centuryp. 1
Urbanisation and development in historical perspectivep. 34
Urbanism and economic developmentp. 67
Urban poverty and vulnerabilityp. 103
Managing the urban environmentp. 138
Human security in cities: crime, violence, war and terrorismp. 171
Shaping city futures: urban planning, governance and politicsp. 201
Referencesp. 231
Indexp. 255
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