Forester Publishes Conflict, Improvisation, Governance

July 24, 2015

A new book by CRP's Professor John Forester, titled Conflict, Improvisation, Governance: Street Level Practices for Urban Democracy (Routledge, 2015), profiles the practical challenges of "doing democracy" in the Dutch city of Amsterdam and its surrounding regions.

Written with David Laws, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and the director of the Centre for Conflict Studies at the University of Amsterdam, the book examines street-level democracy as practiced by planning and city governance practitioners in community development, youth work, public service delivery, urban public administration, immigration, and multi-cultural social policy. The profiles reveal widely shared challenges in global and local urban environments, and they suggest new democratizing and improvised strategies that community members and public officials can use to create more inclusive, democratic cities.

Conflict, Improvisation, Governance is part of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Library Series, a group of leading texts intended for academics, educators, students, and practitioners in planning and related fields. Written by globally renowned authors, the series looks at all aspects of spatial planning theory and practice from a comparative and international perspective. 

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