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Cities and Politics in the Developing World: Why Decentralization Matters

Richard Stren

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195367867.013.0028

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Cities and Politics in the Developing World: Why Decentralization Matters

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This article examines urban politics in the developing world and the potential role of decentralization. It explains the spread of urbanization in developing countries, the increasing size of cities in the developing world, and the increasing economic importance of the largest cities. The article also discusses the culture of local governance and considers the relationship among four important variables in urban politics: worldwide urbanization, the increasing political and economic influence of cities in the developing world, decentralization, and democratization.

Keywords: urban politics; developing world; decentralization; urbanization; developing countries; local governance; worldwide urbanization; political influence; cities; democratization

Article.  10906 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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