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Today is a new metropolitan age and for the first time ever more people live in cities than they do anywhere else. As cities strengthen their international and cultural influence, the global world is acted out most articulately in the world's urban hubs — through its diverse cultures, broad networks and innovative styles of governance. Looking at the city through its internal dynamics, the book examines how governance and cultural policy play out in a national and international framework.

Making a truly global contribution to the literature, editors Isar and Anheier bring together a truly international and highly-respected collection of scholars. In doing so, they skilfully steer debates beyond the city as an economic powerhouse, to cover issues that fully comprehend a city's cultural dynamics and ...

Amsterdam: A Multicultural Capital of Culture
Amsterdam: A multicultural capital of culture
SiminDavoudi and WilZonneveld

Amsterdam, with a population of under one million, is comparatively small. However, as part of the Randstad (a polycentric urban region comprising three other major cities of Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht with complementary functions) it can be comfortably positioned among the world cities. This chapter offers a profile of Amsterdam and its position in the wider metropolitan and regional context. Its authors explore the city's cultural profile in the context of Dutch cultural policy and governance, and discuss multiculturalism in Amsterdam and the way in which it has been accommodated in the Dutch housing policy and planning tradition. They conclude by highlighting the current neoliberal approaches to public policy and their ...

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