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date: 23 September 2018

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This article provides an overview of urban governance as a theory and research field in urban politics. It explains that urban governance as an analytical model emerged alongside this normative redefinition of the role of local government and suggests that it is more apt to describe the relationships between the complexities of the contemporary local government organization, particularly in bigger cities and their equally complex local environment. The article also argues that collaborative forms of urban governance can be considered as a strategy of purchasing organizational capabilities at the expense of some of the traditional values associated with democracy.

Keywords: urban governance, urban politics, local government, cities, organizational capabilities, democracy

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