Sustainability, Citizen Participation, and City Governance: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
Published: August 2022© 2022
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 244 Pages
Illustrations: 1 b&w illustration, 1 b&w map
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
244 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.50 in, 1 b&w illustration, 1 b&w map
The inaction of nation states and international bodies has posed significant risks to the environment. By contrast, cities are sites of action and innovation. In Sustainability, Citizen Participation, and City Governance, contributors researching in the areas of law, urban planning, geography, and philosophy identify approaches for tackling many of the most challenging environmental problems facing cities today.
Sustainability, Citizen Participation, and City Governance facilitates two strands of dialogue about climate change. First, it integrates legal perspectives into policy debates about urban sustainability and governance, from which law has typically stood apart. Second, it brings case studies from Quebec into a rare conversation with examples drawn from elsewhere in Canada.
The collection proposes humane and inclusive processes for arriving at effective policy outcomes. Some chapters examine governance mechanisms that reconcile clashes of incommensurable values and resolve conflicts about collective interests. Other chapters provide platforms for social movements that have faced obstacles to communicating to a broad public. The collection’s proposals respond to drastic changes in urban environments. Some changes are imminent. Others are upon us already. All threaten the present and future well-being of urban communities.
Hoi L. Kong and Tanya Monforte
Part I. Social Movements & Innovation
1. Folco “Beyond Smart/Sustainable Cities: Toward a Citizen-Centric Rebel Cities Transition”
2. Manaugh & Dreszer “Mobilisons-Nous: ‘Violent Infrastructure’ and Pedestrian Space in Montreal”
3. Shearmur “Boroughs, Small Municipalities and Sustainability: What is Municipal Innovation and Can it Make a Difference?”
Part II. The Role of Law & Overcoming Collective Action Problems
1. Curran “Sustainable Development and Property Rights: Citizen Participation in Dismantling Urban Environmental Regulation in British Columbia, Canada”
2. Kong “Sustainable Urban Design: The Case of Montreal”
3. Flynn “The Implications of Stakeholder Group Involvement in Urban Sustainable Development”
4. Luka “Complimenting Citizen Engagement with Innovative Forms of Professional Coproduction: a Case for Transdisciplinary Charrettes”
Afterword: Thinking Through Transdisciplinarity in Urban Sustainability
"Sustainability, Citizen Participation, and City Governance contributes to discussions and practice focusing on bringing innovation to urban sustainability efforts. The inclusion of communities from Quebec is interesting and important, and the focus on innovation brings a new dimension to urban sustainability literature. This book will be suitable for urban planning, local economic development, politics, and public administration across Canada."Pamela Robinson, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Toronto Metropolitan University
"Extensive urbanization presents humanity with some existential challenges alongside tremendous opportunities. Cleverly curated by Kong and Monforte, this timely collection offers a set of thought-provoking, multidisciplinary perspectives on the place of cities as key sites of twenty-first-century innovation, sustainability, and democratic renewal. The result is a fine exercise of constructive disruption. Highly recommended."Ran Hirschl, Professor of Government and Earl E. Sheffield Regents Professor of Law, University of Texas at Austin