Offers a much needed update on urban politics in a globalized world… Davidson and Martin, as well as contributors, chart new territory and produce thought-provoking research that move the field in a more critical direction

Splintered Governance: Urban Politics in the Twenty-First Century

Splintered governance: Urban politics in the twenty-first century
Kevin Ward

The complexity and richness of urban politics cannot be reduced either to the simplicities of collective consumption or those of growth coalitions. (Cochrane, 1999: 124)

What is commonly defined as ‘urban politics’ is typically quite hetero-geneous and by no means referable to struggles with, or among, the agents structured by some set of social relations corresponding unam-biguously to the urban. (Cox, 2001: 756)


Are you sitting somewhere in a city as you begin to read this chapter? If so, look out of your window. What do you see? The chances are you see buildings, and lots of them. Tall and short ones, old and new ones: the urban built Environment ...

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