Sustainable Cities

Sustainable Cities

Diversity, Economic Growth and Social Cohesion

The Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei series on Economics, the Environment and Sustainable Development

Edited by Maddy Janssens, Dino Pinelli, Dafne C. Reyman and Sandra Wallmann

This book focuses on cities, their relationships with each other and the disparities between them. Analysing cities as the places where diversity is especially apparent, where cultural richness is experienced and where conflicts often erupt, it illustrates how cultures and cultural diversity interact with economic growth and development.

Introduction to Part II

Edited by Maddy Janssens, Dino Pinelli, Dafne C. Reyman and Sandra Wallmann

Subjects: economics and finance, urban economics, geography, cities, urban and regional studies, cities, urban economics, urban studies

Extract

The empirical cases in the following chapters present in-depth stories about the way diversity was experienced within eight contemporary cities. The value of these cases is their richness in detail through which we learn about the issues of multicultural society and the conditions of intercultural interrelatedness. These concrete examples allow us to test the conditions under which the diversity outcomes are positive, i.e. under which diversity can be linked with prosperity. The cases have allowed us not only to test the conditions on particular real life examples and to concretize them, but also to deduce some general principles from them and to show the extent of the feasibility of these principles in daily policy practice. The case studies presented are: Stockholm, Baroda, Banska Bystrica, Chicago, London, Dortmund, Rome and Antwerp. The process of case selection is described in the ‘Preface’ section. The Stockholm case is a clear example of the concept of identity construction explained in chapters 1 and 2. The following cases then go deeper into the governance of diversity in the cities. Baroda, Banska Bystrica and Chicago provide insights through the historical overview and how the changing environment (or changing implementation of the principles) leads to different outcomes. London and Dortmund illustrate the principles through the detailed micro-level comparative analyses showing how different city neighbourhoods with different application of the principles lead to different outcomes. Finally Rome and Antwerp enter explicitly into the governance of diversity representing deliberate (policy) interventions that satisfy one or more of the principles...

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