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Livable Cities?Urban Struggles for Livelihood and Sustainability$
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Peter Evans

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230248

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230248.001.0001

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Political Strategies for More Livable Cities: Lessons from Six Cases of Development and Political Transition

Political Strategies for More Livable Cities: Lessons from Six Cases of Development and Political Transition

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(p.222) 8 Political Strategies for More Livable Cities: Lessons from Six Cases of Development and Political Transition
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Livable Cities?
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Peter Evans

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230248.003.0008

This chapter evaluates findings of the six studies with respect to communities, NGOs, political parties, and states as actors in pursuit of livability. The influence of the global context of the “twin transitions” to market orientation and electoral democracy on the pursuit of livability in this set of cities is assessed. It also explains the overall implications of this research for the feasibility of generating ecologies of agents that will in fact contribute to livability. These studies provide a variety of compelling illustrations of how poverty puts poor communities on the front lines of battles for sustainability. The external connections that intermediaries provide play an essential role in enabling communities to become effective agents of livability. Communities and NGOs are suspicious of supporting plans to increase the capacity of state agencies as long as construction firms and real estate developers appear to be the state's dominant interlocutors.

Keywords:   communities, NGOs, political parties, states, livability, electoral democracy, poor communities, market orientation

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