Governance and Politics in the Changing American City
April 21, 2014 | Publication | Community & Economic Development, What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance
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Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study convened 30 prominent urban scholars from several social science disciplines to discuss new ideas and advance research on the changing nature of urban politics and governance. A summary of the conference, which was supported by MacArthur, presents six key themes that emerged from the discussions along with ideas for future research. Among other areas, attendees agreed that more needs to be known about how much money flows into cities, how much control city governments have over the allocation of those resources, and accountability mechanisms related to city spending.