Reconceptualisation of Urban Management: The Administration of Cities, Their Services, and Their Growth

Author: Baclija, Irena
Year:2013
Pages:276
ISBN:0-7734-4310-X
978-0-7734-4310-5
Price:199.95
The author investigates the connection between traditional institutionalized city administration and the newer entrepreneurial approach by presenting a critique and evaluation of urban management concepts in a comparative study of cities in the European Union.

A fresh examination of urban management. This book surveys the role of city administration in a neoliberal globalized world as it relates to sustainable economic growth. It provides insight on social, environmental, service and resource issues through reconceptualization of urban management policies and an investigation of the new entrepreneurial approaches to inspire city growth.

Reviews

“This book provides a fresh and intriguing examination of the changing nature of urban management. The author draws on a wide literature to illuminate a number of important themes relating to the evolution of the concept of urban management.”
Professor Robin Hambleton,
Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments,
University of the West of England, Bristol


“This monograph is very well rounded and covers all aspects of urban management concepts and provides critical overview of the development…The manuscript presents two issues that were debated on for quite some time. First is how to define urban management and second how to differentiate urban management from urban governance. This book may bring insight on the topic.”
Professor Miro Ha?ek,
University of Ljubljana

Table of Contents

FOREWORD by Robin Hambleton
INTRODUCTION
1. THE CITY IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION THEORY

1.1.1 Urbanisation – cities are reality
1.1.2 Cities as “engines of growth”
2. CITY – A SUBJECT OF MANAGEMENT
2.1 Legal framework to govern and manage cities
2.1.1 Urban government structure(s)
2.1.2 Urban management structure(s)
3. THE TWIN ROLES OF CITY ADMINISTRATION
3.1 Traditional role of city administration – urban public-service provision
3.1.1 Subsidiary and urban-service provision
3.1.2 What is special about urban public-services provision?
3.1.3 Influence of management on urban public-service provision
3.2 Modern city administration: an entrepreneurial and proactive role
3.2.1 What caused the shift from administrating to managing
3.2.2 Are constrains the same on national and city administrations?
3.2.3 NPM at the city level
4. DEFINING URBAN MANAGEMENT:
ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT

4.1 The development of urban management
4.1.1 The gatekeeper period
4.1.2 The agencies’ period
4.1.3 The governance period
4.2 Toward a definition of urban management
4.2.1 Urban management vs. urban governance
4.2.2 The trimorphism of urban management
4.2.3 Arriving at a definition of urban management
5. URBAN MANAGEMENT:
DIMENSIONS, INDEX AND INDICATORS

5.1 Dimensions (pillars) of urban management
5.2 Urban Management Indicators and index
5.3 Evidence of urban management: survey of EU cities
5.3.1 Objectives
5.3.2 Data and methods
5.3.3 Results
5.3.4 Urban management’s impact on city performance
6. CONCEPT LIMITATIONS AND LESSONS FROM THE STUDY
List of Tables and Figures