City Futures: Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development by Edgar Pieterse

By Edgar Pieterse

This e-book is a strong indictment of the present consensus on find out how to do something about the loads of "mega-cities" of the constructing global. those towns are the long run, and the issues surrounding this inflow of people--slums, poverty, unemployment and shortage of governance--have been well-documented. Pieterse argues that the present "shelter for all" and "urban stable governance" regulations deal with purely the indications of the matter. as a substitute, he claims, there's an pressing have to reinvigorate civil society in those towns, to inspire radical democracy, fiscal resilience, social resistance and environmental sustainability folded into the typical issues of marginalized humans.

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36 This is a profound analysis from the Head of UN–Habitat of what perpetuates the conditions outlined in this chapter; in crude terms, it is 70 per cent economics and 30 per cent state failure. This coincides very closely with the argument I have been presenting here: locating the responsibility of municipalities to deal with accelerated rates of urbanization at the same moment as the global economy undergoes a series of deep structural changes, which drives particular terri­ torial imperatives.

Nation-states become less central to economic coordination and regulation and both supranational and sub-national scales of economic activity and regulation rise in importance. Furthermore, economic activity, especially high value-added activities, becomes more and more dependent on information and knowledge management – that is, intangible services that do not require an agricultural or manufacturing industrial base. g. informed by specialized information about market segments to ensure higher prices for tailored products) survive in the new economic context.

25 Again, it is important to stress that these processes were unfolding at the precise time that agricultural activities went through the floor and large numbers of people were forced to seek a viable life and prospects in towns and cities. As a consequence, cities with highly inadequate urban infrastructure adopted an approach in which the state abdicated from investing in urban infrastructure in favour of policies that would attract private-sector actors into the infrastructure markets. 1 Scale of informal economic activity in developing countries: informal employment as % of non-agricultural employment, selected regions and countries, various years (1995–2000)26 the business of making a profit and would only cherry-pick low-risk and high-return projects tied to profitable segments of the economy while refusing to enter into delivery arrangements if the users could not pay market-based consumption fees.

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