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International Handbook of Urban Policy, Volume 1

International Handbook of Urban Policy, Volume 1

Contentious Global Issues

Elgar original reference

Edited by H. S. Geyer

This first Handbook in a series of three original reference works looks at globally contentious urban policy issues from a wide variety of different angles and perspectives. Matters related to urban densification, population mobility, urban inequality and sustainability are analysed in a manner that will not only interest the advanced student but also the novice.

Preface

Edited by H. S. Geyer

Subjects: politics and public policy, public policy, urban and regional studies, urban studies

Extract

When I was initially approached to compile a volume that could serve as an international handbook on urban policy the number of deserving themes soon exceeded the realistic limits of one volume. This is therefore the first of what is expected to become a series of volumes. Generally, themes were chosen for their relevancy in the global urban policy arena. In books of this nature, editors are tempted to find contributors whose views broadly correspond or if there are differences, do not deviate too far from one another. In this volume the approach was the complete opposite. Some of the themes selected for the book have attracted a great deal of debate over the years and in those respects, prospective contributors were purposely targeted for their known differences of opinion on those matters, hence the subtitle: ‘Contentious Global Issues’. In such cases authors were asked not to shy away from controversy. The purpose of the approach was twofold: to provoke healthy debate for the sake of putting on record arguments that are often wished away by opponents on both sides of current divides, and second, to cover themes that would be of interest to a wide readership and would do justice to an international handbook of urban policy. The volume is divided into five parts. The introduction and concluding chapters form the first and last parts of the book. The second part deals with urban morphology and structural issues. Urban sprawl versus urban densification, location in economic...