World Streets and the Fine Art of Governance

Search by topic - governanceIn order to help the reader find appropriate articles and references on identified important themes from our commodious library of postings and comments, World Streets offers a handful of Search Engines of different types. One of these that you will see to your immediate right here, allows the reader to search according to various keyed topic areas, of which approximately one hundred have been identified thus far. One of the more consulted of these categories is that of “governance”.

Governance, in our read of the evidence, refers to the fine art of directing public policy to specific ends. Governance can be bad, as all too often can be the case, and indeed it is important to be aware of the conditions and pitfalls which lead to bad governance. Good governance, really creative, visionary and positive action in the public interest over time, is rare but absolutely essential for the transition to sustainable cities and sustainable lives.

Good governance provides the firm backbone of good government, referring to the actions and processes by which stable practices and organizations arise and persist.  Equity, resilience, discipline, dialogue, transparency, choice and continuity are key elements of good governance. (Which certainly goes a long way to explaining why it is still a rare commodity in this short-term world.)

In World Streets we give continuous attention day after day to bringing to our readers’ attention examples of good governance — and we look for and at them at the three main levels of government: international, national and local. Because the great majority of all decisions concerning transport and public space are led (or at least should be) by local government, as the principal of subsidiarity wisely suggests, that is where we direct the greater part of our efforts and attention.

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Eric Britton, editor

Bio: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is MD of EcoPlan International, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. His work focuses on the target of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport, and helping governments to ask the right questions and from this starting point to find and implement practical solutions to climate, mobility, public space and job creation challenges. He is currently working on a book for publication in early 2015, “The General Theory of Sustainable Transport in Cities” which is being presented, discussed and critiqued in a series of international conferences over 2014.

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