If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities Author Benjamin R. Barber
ISBN-10 0300209320
ISBN-13 9780300209327
Year 2014-09-30
Pages 472
Language English
Publisher Yale University Press
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Can cities solve the biggest problems of the twenty first century better than nations Is the city democracys best hope In the face of the most perilous challenges of our timeclimate change terrorism poverty and trafficking of drugs guns and peoplethe nations of the world seem paralyzed The problems are too big too interdependent too divisive for the nation state Is the nation state once democracy s best hope today democratically dysfunctional Obsolete The answer says Benjamin Barber in this highly provocative and original book is yes Cities and the mayors who run them can do and are doing a better job Barber cites the unique qualities cities worldwide share pragmatism civic trust participation indifference to borders and sovereignty and a democratic penchant for networking creativity innovation and cooperation He demonstrates how city mayors singly and jointly are responding totransnational problems more effectively than nation states mired in ideological infighting and sovereign rivalries Featuring profiles of a dozen mayors around the worldcourageous eccentric or both at onceIf Mayors Ruled the World presents a compelling new vision of governance for the coming century Barber makes a persuasive case that the city is democracys best hope in a globalizing world and great mayors are already proving that this is so

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