Governance of Societies

  • Christian Werthmann
  • Ortwin Renn
  • Anastassia Makarieva
  • Victor Gorshkov
  • Peter A. Wilderer
  • Verena Risse
  • Carolin Böker
  • Bettina Haas
Part of the Strategies for Sustainability book series (STSU)


It is no secret that the world is urbanizing very fast. If UN estimates turn out to be true, by midcentury 2.5 billion people will have joined the approximately 3.9 billion living in cities today, an urban population increase of over 60 %! It is one of the biggest questions of our time, how the 6.4 billion who will live in cities by 2050 will be fed, housed and provided with basic services in a sustainable way. What kind of infrastructure and governance models will be the most healthy in the progressing urbanization of the planet? What is the best mix between decentralization and centralization of services, infrastructure and government structures?


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leibniz UniversityHannoverGermany
  2. 2.University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  3. 3.National Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute” Petersburg Nuclear Physics InstituteSt. PetersburgRussia
  4. 4.Institute for Earth System Preservation (IESP)Technical University of MunichGarchingGermany
  5. 5.Munich School of Philosophy and Frankfurt UniversityMunichGermany
  6. 6.Technical University of MunichMunichGermany
  7. 7.Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection, Section on Soil Protection, Contaminated Sites and GeologyMunichGermany

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