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The Rise of Progressive Cities East and West

  • Mike Douglass
  • Romain Garbaye
  • K. C. Ho

Part of the ARI - Springer Asia Series book series (ARI, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Holistic Perspectives on the Progressive City in Concept and in Practice

  3. Inclusion and Distributive Justice

  4. Conviviality: Neighbourhoods, the Commons, Heritage and the Environment

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 251-256

About this book


This book explores the leading role that cities can play in shaping progressive policies in collaboration with various stakeholders. It examines the timing of such shifts to progressivity in cities, the interactions that enable progressive actions to be developed and sustained, and the challenges and constraints facing progressive cities. The book approaches the themes using an array of methods to investigate how progressive city governments emerge, what constitutes a “progressive city” in terms of governance institutions, processes and outcomes, and whether progressive cities are destined to be ephemeral or if they can be sustained over time.  With its focus on the emerging role of local governments in shaping city futures, this book is useful for students, academics, government officials and policymakers interested in geography, sociology, urban planning, public policy, political economy, social movements, participatory democracy and Asian and European studies.


Urban transition of cities in the East and West Multicultural cities in Europe Multicultural cities in Asia Progressive cities of East and West Migration and inclusion in Europe Urban regeneration Rise of progressive cities Power of city governments Creating progressive policies Social change process Urban progressive tendencies

Editors and affiliations

  • Mike Douglass
    • 1
  • Romain Garbaye
    • 2
  • K. C. Ho
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Urban & Regional PlanningUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3ParisFrance
  3. 3.Department of Sociology and Asia Research InstituteNational University of SingaporeSingapore

About the editors

Mike Douglass is Professor and Leader of the Asian Urbanisms Cluster at the Asia Research Institute and Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, where he teaches and does research on cities in Asia. He is Emeritus Professor of Urban Planning and former Director of the Globalization Research Center, University of Hawaii.  His Ph.D. is in Urban Planning from UCLA.  He has been a consultant on urban policy and planning for major international development and donor agencies as well as national and local governments in Asia.  His current research on progressive cities draws from his parallel research in Asia on livable cities, sustainable development, disaster governance, globalization and the city, and civic space. His publications include Globalization, the Rise of Civil Society and Civic Spaces in Pacific Asia Cities; Building Urban Communities: The Politics of Civic Space in Asia; The Rise of Mega-Urban Regions in Pacific Asia; Connected Cities: Histories, Hinterlands, Hierarchies and Networks; and Disaster Governance: The Urban Transition in Asia.

Romain Garbaye is Professor of British studies at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3. His publications include Emeutes vs. Intégration, comparaisons franco-britanniques (on British and French government discourse on urban rioting), and Getting Into Local Power, the Politics of Ethnic Minorities in British and French Cities.

Kong Chong Ho is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. He is trained as an urban sociologist at the University of Chicago and his research interests are in the political economy of cities and higher education. His publications include "International Student Mobility and After-Study Lives: the portability and prospects of overseas education in Asia", Population, Space and Place (with Collins, Ishikawa and Ma); “Rethinking Spatial Planning for Urban Conviviality and Social Diversity: A Study of Nightlife in a Singapore Public Housing Estate Neighbourhood”, Town Planning Review ( with Yeo and Heng); “Theories of Place and a Place for Theories” in Cities and Economic Change: Restructuring and Dislocation in the Global Metropolis, and “The University’s Place in Asian Cities” Asia Pacific Viewpoint. Kong Chong is an editorial board member of Pacific Affairs and the International Journal of Comparative Sociology.

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