New- Private Communities and Urban Governance Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives- Editor: Prof. Amnon Lehavi



Prof. Amnon Lehavi



Private Communities

and Urban Governance

Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives


Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016


This book offers an interdisciplinary and comparative study of the complex interplay between private versus public forms of organization and governance in urban residential developments. Bringing together top experts from numerous disciplines, including law, economics, geography, political science, sociology, and planning, this book identifies the current trends in constructing the physical, economic, and social infrastructure of residential communities across the world. It challenges much of the conventional wisdom about the division of labor between market-driven private action and public policy in regulating residential developments and the urban space, and designs a new research agenda for dealing with the future of cities in the twenty-first century.


The genesis of the book was an international conference hosted by the Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel, on June 14–15, 2015. The conference sparked an academic dialogue between the members of an exceptional group of scholars, underscoring the essentiality of an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the contemporary study of private communities and urban governance. The book is consequently keyed to a broad audience of policy-makers, practitioners, academics, and general readers.


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