Urbanization’s Implications for Governance

So far, this week’s blog has featured discussions of overall urbanization dyanmics and their potential economic and national security (part 1 and part 2) implications. Now we turn to governance. Humanity’s rapid movement to cities in the coming two decades will inevitably challenge governance structures around the world.  These three contributions share a commimtent to this foundational conclusion, but they then derive from it different possible futures.

In “Citizens of Cities Not Nations – Implications of an Urban World for Government,” Jonathan Woetzel of McKinsey & Company and Co-Chair of the Urban China Initiative suggests that our primary political identities may shift from nation states to our cities.

In “Urbanization as Opportunity,” Brandon Fuller of the NYU Stern Urbanization Project offers an optimistic image of cities’ future through successful urban planning.

In “Urban Growth, Inequality, and Telecommuting,” Xenia Dormandy of Chatham House highlights the importance of inequality — and perceived inquality — between and within countres for future governance.

5 comments on “Urbanization’s Implications for Governance

  1. not hippy to quote douglas adams, i am not hippy or happy with your aenswr, deborah. at this moment humanity is on the threshold of infinite population growth and energy and material utilization rates. as i stressed in my response, this kind of exponential growth is not an option. if we do not at least begin the industrialization of the moon and mars in a few generations, our survival will come into question and our civilization will begin to self-destruct in an equally exponential way in ways we can not imagine. at this point in time the only inkling i have of this destruction is the massive break-out of disease vectors among human, animal and plant species.yes, at this point the process of moon and mars colonization looks bleak and we have to do the political organizing to make this necessity understandible among our elected leaders. somehow we will have to come to know the subletities nature and very quickly. the changes we will make to the earth, the moon and mars will make fears of global warming pale, and we will come to understand Vladimir Vernadski’s idea that human beings in a rapidly developing real economy will be beneficial to our solar system, obviating anti-human ideas such as anthropogenic global warming.

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