The Quest for Good Urban Governance

Theoretical Reflections and International Practices

  • Leon van den Dool
  • Frank Hendriks
  • Alberto Gianoli
  • Linze Schaap

Part of the Urban and Regional Research International book series (URI)

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About this book


This book demonstrates both successes and failures in attempts to get closer to the ideal of good urban governance in cities in North-America, Europe, and Asia. It presents a value menu and deliberately does not come up with “one best way” for improving urban governance. Good urban governance is presented as a balancing act, an interplay between government, business and civil society in which the core values need careful and timely attention. The authors address questions such as “What is deemed “good” in urban governance, and how is it being searched for?”, and “What (re)configurations of interactions between government, private sector and civil society are evolving, and to what results?”.


  • Reflections on Good Governance
  • Designing Good Urban Governance
  • Partnerships in European, Indian and Chinese Cities
  • Multi-level Governance
  • Citizen Participation

Target Groups

  • Lecturers and Students of Sociology, Urban Studies, Public Administration, Political Science, Development Studies
  • Practitioners in Cities all over the World

The Authors

Leon van den Dool is Senior Researcher at Tilburg University and Senior Manager at PwC Advisory in the field of Local Government, the Netherlands.

Frank Hendriks is Professor in Comparative Governance at Tilburg University, the Netherlands.

Alberto Gianoli is Senior Expert in Urban Governance at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Linze Schaap is Associate Professor Public Administration at Tilburg University, the Netherlands.


Citizen Participation Multi-level governance Public Administration Urban Governance Urban Partnerships

Authors and affiliations

  • Leon van den Dool
    • 1
  • Frank Hendriks
    • 2
  • Alberto Gianoli
    • 3
  • Linze Schaap
    • 4
  1. 1.Tilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Tilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Tilburg UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Tilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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