Governance Lessons from Urban Informality

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Governance Lessons from Urban Informality


  • Hugo Sarmiento Department of Urban Planning, University of California, USA
  • Chris Tilly Department of Urban Planning, University of California, USA


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Abstract:  We locate this issue’s papers on a spectrum of radicalism. We then examine that spectrum, and the governance mechanisms described, through the lens of a significant arena of urban counter-planning: the urban informal economy. Drawing on our own research on self-organization by informal workers and settlers, as well as broader literatures, we suggest useful lessons for reinventing urban governance.

Keywords:  bottom-up; counter-planning; governance; informal economy; informality; radicalism; social movements; top-down; urban planning

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v6i1.1169


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