Cor Van Montfort, Ank Michels

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The livability of our cities is becoming a topic of increasing relevance and urgency. As a response to these challenges, urban governments have sought to share responsibilities: unable to address these major challenges on their own, they seek cooperation with other governments, companies, civil society organizations, and citizens. This first chapter introduces the central question of the book: How do partnerships between public and private actors contribute to the livability of cities? The authors discuss the concepts of ‘livability’ and ‘partnerships’. Furthermore, they present a typology of different types of partnerships. Finally, the chapter also provides the outline of the book and a brief overview of the different chapters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPartnerships for Livable Cities
EditorsCor van Montfort, Ank Michels
PublisherPalgrave / MacMillan
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783030400606
ISBN (Print)9783030400590, 9783030400620
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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