If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

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Yale University Press
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6.11 X 9.3 X 1.25 inches | 1.27 pounds

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About the Author
Benjamin R. Barber is senior research scholar at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Graduate Center, the City University of New York. He is also president and founder of the Interdependence Movement and the author of seventeen books, including Jihad vs. McWorld and Strong Democracy. Barber's project for a Global Parliament of Mayors has attracted scores of urban leaders and intercity networks and is on course for a pilot convening in 2016. He lives in New York City.
"Audacious, . . . ambitious . . . Barber's book should be required reading for New York's new mayor, Bill de Blasio."--Sam Roberts, New York Times Book Review
"If you like cities you will love this wide-ranging book that captures the energy, excitement and importance of what is going on in the world's great urban centers."--Fareed Zakaria, CNN
". . . .Makes the intriguing, provocative, and counter-intuitive argument the . . . cities and the mayors who run them are the last best hope for a safer, more prosperous, and more just future. If Mayors Ruled The World is informative and imaginative."--Glenn C. Altschuler, Huffington Post
"Barber argues . . . persuasively, that city governments are closer to their people than national ones and as such are better at winning the trust of citizens - though the same goes for rural forms of local government."--Ben Rogers, Financial Times
"In an impassioned love letter to cities and their political leaders, Barber (Jihad vs. McWorld) celebrates the diversity and ferment that embody urban life."--Publishers Weekly
"A provocative, informative account of a different kind of globalization. Highly recommended reading for policymakers and other readers intrigued by forward-thinking forms of governance."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A provocative look at how cities can and do lead from the front in addressing the most pressing issues of our time."--Michael R. Bloomberg, 108th Mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg LP
"If you care about cities, read If Mayors Ruled the World. It is the most important book on cities, their leadership and how they can make the world a better place to come along in years. Ben Barber has written a tour de force."--Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class and The Great Reset
"Political theorist Benjamin Barber's latest book is more than just theory. Networked governance by the world's cities is actually happening, and If Mayors Ruled the World is the book of the movement. Once again, Barber is ahead of the curve."--Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

"Benjamin Barber shows us how cities are traversed by networks of all sorts and how inter-city networks traverse the world. Both extremes and all that happens in between are brought to life through empirical details and exciting narratives."--Saskia Sassen, Columbia University and author of Cities in a World Economy