Governing Cities: New Institutional Forms in Developing Countries and Transitional Economies

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Meine Pieter van Dijk, Marike Noordhoek, Emiel A. Wegelin
ITDG, 2002 - Political Science - 234 pages
The context in which urban managers function is continuously changing and the challenges to be met by local officials shift accordingly. This unique collection of essays offers scholars and practitioners interested in urban management a fresh view on how new institutional forms have developed in recent projects and programs. The case studies are based on the contributors' own work experience, giving readers up-to-date practical insight into the development activities of government, the private sector and communities.

Readers will benefit from the geographical coverage offered in the book. Case studies from Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe are described in detail, allowing the critical reader to analyze the differences in regional approach. The book looks at the changing role of government, the increasing role of the private sector and the growing importance of public-private partnerships in urban development. Examples include that of enabling inhabitants to vote on budget lines in Brazilian municipalities and analysis of the role of the Slum Board in Mumbai, India. A number of contributors show how participation can take shape in different ways and a special chapter is devoted to the role of information and communication technology in urban management. Finally, the role of non-governmental and community-based organizations receives attention.

Since new institutional approaches to urban management are continually emerging and are practised in diverse locations, the editors' aim, through this collection, is to make both theoretical considerations and practical experiences available to all colleagues.

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Meine Pieter van Dijk is an economist and professor of Water Services Management at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and working one day per week as professor of Urban Management in Emerging Economies at the Economic Faculty of the Erasmus University. Van Dijk worked as a consultant for NGOs, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, different bilateral donors and UN agencies

Marike Noorhoek is a public administration specialist in development administration and organization & management. She is a thematic staff member of the Urban Management Department of the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies. Presently she runs and teaches in a variety of tailor-made and three-month courses, and has executed advisory and training assignments in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East and Arab Region.

Emiel Wegelin is an economist, and has been Director of the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies from 1996 to 2001. Prior to this he has held senior management positions in the UNDP/UNCHS/World Bank Urban management Program, and the Netherlands Economic Institute. Prior to that, he worked throughout Asia on housing and urban developments issues as a project economist for the Asian Development Bank and on various long-term bilaterally funded assignments. Presently Dr E. Wegelin is working as a consultant for his own company Urb Act (International Advisory Services for Urban Action).

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