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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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Introduction: Looking for Agents of Urban Livability in a Globalized Political Economy

Introduction: Looking for Agents of Urban Livability in a Globalized Political Economy

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: Looking for Agents of Urban Livability in a Globalized Political Economy
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Livable Cities?
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Peter Evans

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230248.003.0001

The politics of livelihood and sustainability in Third World cities has become the archetypal challenge of twenty-first-century governance. Facing this challenge requires a clear set of ideas regarding the actors that shape cities, their interests, and their ability to realize those interests. Confronting urban livability requires broaching fundamental debates on the dynamics of the contemporary global political economy. The fact remains that markets and the corporations which dominate them must play a fundamental role in urban solutions. The possibility of “green growth machines” or even “urban livability machines” cannot be ruled out, even in the Third World. An overview of the chapters included in this book is presented. These chapters point toward the possibility of constructing a general framework for understanding a politics of livelihood and sustainability that works both in Asia and in Latin America and even makes sense in an industrialized but transitional society such as Hungary.

Keywords:   urban livability, sustainability, global political economy, Asia, Latin America, Hungary, Third World, green growth, markets

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