Journal article

Knowledge of Metropolitan Governance in the South

R Tomlinson

International Journal of Urban and Regional Research | Wiley | Published : 2018


The practices of metropolitan governance in the South are normalized and legitimized through the workings of a ‘knowledge market’ that has evolved at an extraordinary juncture between geopolitical and technological transformations. This essay describes the packaging and management of knowledge since the early 1990s, a period which has seen increasing references to concepts such as ‘public–private partnerships’, ‘new public management’ (NPM), ‘metropolitan governance’ and ‘best practice’. It explains the shift in terms of the coinciding dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, which removed the brakes on ‘neoliberal policy programmes’, and the practicability of using the web for knowledge man..

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