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The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography provides students of the sub-discipline with a highly contextualized and systematic overview of the latest thinking and research. Edited by key scholars, with international contributions from acknowledged authorities on the relevant research, The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography is divided into six sections: Scope and Development of Political Geography; Geographies of the State; Participation and Representation; Political Geographies of Difference; Geography, Policy, and Governance; and Global Political Geographies.

Urban Governance in the South: The Politics of Rights and Development
Urban governance in the South: The politics of rights and development
Introduction

Failed states, crisis states, resurgent states, developmental states, multi-scalar states: there can be no mistaking that ‘the state’ is back in fashion in urban studies. This chapter is informed by this statist trend in urban governance, more generally by James Scott's Seeing Like a State (1998) and also by the growing recognition of the importance of state devolution and the power of the sub-national state under conditions of globalization (Batley and Larbi, 2004). While much of the Western literature on the state is concerned with the impact of neo-liberalism and the relative decline of the power of the nation-state on growth agendas in poorer ...

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