Posted on Monday 22nd July 2013
A new book has been published, exploring migration governance. The book entitled 'Hybrid Governance in European Cities: Neighbourhood, Migration and Democracy' by Chris Skelcher, Helen Sullivan and Stephen Jeffares is published by Palgrave.
How are responses to urban policy challenges - and specifically migration and neighbourhood revitalisation - affected by new ideas about governance? How can we explain the governance transformations that result? And what are the consequences for democracy? This wide-ranging study of three European cities – Birmingham, Copenhagen and Rotterdam - shows how hybrid forms of governance emerge from the tensions between new visions and past legacies, and existing institutional arrangements and powerful actors. Hybrid governance includes public-private partnerships, stakeholders boards, and multi-actor forums operating at arm's length to institutions of representative democracy. Offering detailed studies of migration and neighbourhood policy, as well as a novel Q methodology analysis of public administrators' views on democracy, the book explores how actors generate new practices, shows how these develop, and evaluates the democratic implications. The book concludes that hybrid governance is both widespread and diverse, is spatially and policy specific and that actors – public managers, politicians and the public – contribute to hybrid designs in ways that promote and challenge democratic conventions.