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    DescriptionIn the face of the most perilous challenges of our time - climate change, terrorism, poverty, and trafficking of drugs, guns and people - the nations of the world seem paralyzed. The problems are too big, too interdependent, too divisive for the nation-state. Is the nation-state, once democracy's best hope, today democratically dysfunctional? Obsolete? The answer, says Benjamin Barber in this highly provocative and original book, is yes. Cities and the mayors who run them can do and are doing a better job. Barber cites the unique qualities cities worldwide share: pragmatism, civic trust, participation, indifference to borders and sovereignty, and a democratic penchant for networking, creativity, innovation and cooperation. He demonstrates how city mayors, singly and jointly, are responding to transnational problems more effectively than nation-states mired in ideological infighting and sovereign rivalries. Featuring profiles of a dozen mayors around the world - courageous, eccentric, or both at once - If Mayors Ruled the World presents a compelling new vision of governance for the coming century. Barber makes a persuasive case that the city is democracy's best hope in a globalizing world, and great mayors are already proving that this is so.


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    Title
    If Mayors Ruled the World
    Subtitle
    Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Benjamin R. Barber
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 753 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300164671
    ISBN 10: 030016467X
    Classifications

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    BIC E4L: POL
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.3
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    LC classification: JS141 .B37 2013
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    Illustrations note
    black & white tables
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    05 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Benjamin R. Barber is senior research scholar at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Graduate Center, the City University of New York. He is also president and founder of the Interdependence Movement and the author of seventeen books, including Jihad vs. McWorld and Strong Democracy. He lives in New York City.
    Review quote
    "A provocative look at how cities can and do lead from the front in addressing the most pressing issues of our time."--Michael R. Bloomberg, 108th Mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg LP--Michael R. Bloomberg