Edited by Maria Emilia Freire, Richard Stren
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This volume examines wide-ranging issues confronting cites, and
reviews tools, strategies and practices to address them. It examines
nine 'windows' of urban management in the context of the new
urban strategy of the World Bank. The book recognizes that cities are
crucial in efforts to address poverty and development issues. It
combines theoretical discussions of new, fundamental principles of
urban management with practical discussions that show how concepts are
translated into policy tools and strategies.
Chapter 1 discusses the forces of globalization and how these affect
cities in general and metropolitan management and governance in
particular. Chapter 2 introduces the elements of strategic planning and
evaluates successful experiences in city strategy and governance. In
light of decentralization, chapter 3 analyzes subnational financial
management, particularly its technical, participatory, and political
aspects. Chapter 4 deals with revenue raising issues and approaches.
Chapter 5 considers private sector involvement in provision of public
services, using case studies of public-private partnerships. Chapter 6
discusses the role of land and real estate markets in urban
development, and explains why and how local governments should
intervene in their operations. Urban poverty is the focus of chapter 7,
with examples of how it is addressed. Chapter 8 analyzes problems of
the urban environment and preconditions for successful environmental
management, with specific urban cases. Chapter 9 examines the
relationship between transportation and metropolitan growth, and how to
deal with urban transport problems.
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