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By Dominique Lorrain

Megacities are a brand new phenomenon in background. the truth that a lot of them are in rising nations deepens the demanding situations of governing those areas. Can those tremendous, advanced entities, rife with inequalities and divisions, be ruled successfully? For researchers, the reply has frequently been no. The method constructed during this paintings makes a speciality of the cloth urban and its associations and indicates that, with out recourse to an enormous new concept, city leaders have devised mechanisms of standard executive. they've got performed so throughout the answer of sensible and crucial difficulties: supplying electrical energy, consuming water, sanitation, transportation.Three findings emerge from this e-book. Infrastructure networks aid to constitution towns and serve as as mechanisms of team spirit. Megacities turn into extra governable if there's a valid authority able to making offerings. eventually, anarchic urbanisation has its roots in platforms of land possession, in insufficient city making plans and within the practices of builders and native actors. within the originality of its hypotheses and the precision of the analyses performed within the 4 case examine towns of Shanghai, Mumbai, Cape city and Santiago de Chile, this paintings is addressed to all these drawn to the lifetime of towns: politicians, neighborhood and vital govt officers, executives in city businesses, researchers and scholars.

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Chapter 2 Governing Shanghai: Modernising a Local State Dominique Lorrain Today’s Shanghai is a captivating megacity with a population above 23 million;1 it attracts investments, tourists and migrants from all over the country. The intense, electric atmosphere of this city of extremes reflects much of the vitality and many of the tensions of contemporary China. In the early 1990s, central government made the city the symbol of its policy of opening up ‘a socialist market economy’. As a gateway for foreign capital, a counterweight to the dynamism of Hong Kong after its ‘handover’ in July 1997 and an illustration of change throughout the whole of China (Pairault, 2008: 10; Sanjuan, 2006: 236), Shanghai became a priority for development policy.

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