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Thursday, April 9 • 1:30pm - 2:55pm
TH1.30.15 Place-based leadership: A route to progressive change?

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Some scholars argue that the scope for exercising urban, or place-based, leadership is trivial. Commentators adopting a neo-liberal perspective argue that the need for localities to compete in the international market place means that civic leaders are now best seen as servants of private capital. Place-less power, not local democracy, now determines city futures. This international panel, by drawing on recent research on progressive place-based leadership in Europe, North America and elsewhere, questions this perspective. It will explore the changing nature of place-based leadership in our rapidly globalising world, and will consider whether, in fact, the place-less forces of global capital can be resisted. The papers presented examine the possibilities for local communities and civic leaders to articulate and implement priorities for policy and action that reflect local preferences. By examining examples of bold, civic leadership in different national contexts, the panel considers ways in which progressive urban leaders – at the very local as well as at the city and city region scale – can contribute to the development of more people-friendly, more inclusive cities. The panel will also share ideas on the changing nature of multi-level leadership in the modern city, and will consider the way that international policy exchange is contributing to debates about urban leadership.


Analysing change in urban political leadership: Does introducing a mayoral form of governance make a difference?
David Sweeting, University of Bristol; Robin Hambleton, University of the West of England, Bristol

"Influencing the Influencers": Civic leadership and collaborative governance in the Greater Toronto area
Allison Bramwell, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Place-based leadership: A Canadian multi-level policy perspective
Neil Bradford, Huron University College, Western University

Place-based leadership and urban innovation: The unsung drivers of progressive change in the modern era
Robin Hambleton, University of the West of England, Bristol

Presenters
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Neil Bradford

Western University
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Allison Bramwell

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
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Robin Hambleton

Professor of City Leadership, University of the West of England, Bristol
I am interested in understanding the power of local, place-based civic leadership in our globalizing world. I have a new international book out on 'Leading the Inclusive City. Place-based innovation for a bounded planet' (Policy Press). The UAA is always a great place for international exchange relating to new ideas in the broad field of progressive urban politics... the San Diego conference will be no exception!
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David Sweeting

University of Bristol, UK

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Robin Hambleton

Professor of City Leadership, University of the West of England, Bristol
I am interested in understanding the power of local, place-based civic leadership in our globalizing world. I have a new international book out on 'Leading the Inclusive City. Place-based innovation for a bounded planet' (Policy Press). The UAA is always a great place for international exchange relating to new ideas in the broad field of progressive urban politics... the San Diego conference will be no exception!

Thursday April 9, 2015 1:30pm - 2:55pm
Flagler (lobby level)