Chapter two Whose city is this anyway? Tensions in urban governance, good and otherwise

  • Jon PierreEmail author
Part of the Urban and Regional Research International book series (URI)


This chapter explores a series of issues related to the configuration and objectives of urban governance. These issues are then elaborated into six dimensions of “good urban governance.” The core argument in the chapter is that good urban governance ultimately harks back to conventional ideals of democracy like responsive and accountable government, but the embeddedness of urban governance in complex economic structures and institutional hierarchies means that the pursuit of good urban governance is a more challenging project compared to the nation-state level.


Public Space Political Leadership Democratic Governance Creative Class Urban Governance 
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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Political Science DepartmenUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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