Scale, the Silo Effect and Intergovernmental Cooperation: Institutional Analysis of Global Cities and Ecological Sustainability
29 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2014
Date Written: 2013
American global cities represent only 25 percent of the U.S. urban population, but are often seen as the nexus of U.S. and world economies and culture. While often recognized as compelling world stages and mighty seats of power, they also contain the ingredients of a “fullspectrum problem” for public policymaking. They exist in huge scale, overwhelming complexity, and in paradox regarding globalization’s forces behind urban development and the limits of ecological carrying capacity. Worse still, their urban governmental jurisdictions are often mismatched with the problem’s central elements, and policy outcomes often reflect difficulty in achieving cooperative intergovernmental behavior. This paper is a first attempt to examine the ability of multinucleated urban government in dealing effectively with such scale, complexity and paradox, and to identify criteria necessary to improve policymaking for global cities.
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