The project has led to lessons for future
policies relating to local democracy and urban development.
Key Research Findings
Criteria for Measurement
National Case Studies
can download below short executive summaries outlining key findings
or choose the longer national reports that detail the work carried
out on the ground and give further information on all aspects of
each case study, city and country analysed in the project:
final report outlines the project, partners, methodology and
programme of work, and national case studies. It offers a
comparative analysis of the complementarity of urban leadership and
community involvement found in various cases, focussing on
leadership, community involvement, contexts and institutional
capacity as well as drawing conclusions on the implications for
policy and practice.
Efforts have been made to engage the
municipalities in the project - and the 18 cities are Assistant
contractors. Local authorities associations, national level
decision-makers and international networks were also involved in the
various stages of the research. In the end, all partners in this
project were committed to producing useful outputs for practice.
Two conferences in 2002 and 2004
were specifically dedicated to providing opportunities for practitioners
to make useful contribution to both the conceptual and empirical
stages of the project.
The first conference took place in
Heidelberg on 19 October 2002. Mrs Beate Weber (Lady Mayor of
Heidelberg) was our host during the conference, while the first
mayor, Professor Dr. Raban von der Malsburg held a reception
for participants on 18 October at Heidelberg Town Hall.
by Beate Weber, Lady Mayor of Heidelberg
In addition to the above, an academic workshop
too place in Darmstadt on 17 and 18 October 2002 at Darmstadt
University of Technology, to reflect on the analytical framework of
the research project.
The second practitioner conference
took place in Bristol on 7th and 8th May 2004 at the University of the West of England.
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In addition to our scientific
report outlining the findings, conclusions and implications for
research and practice, two
books have been written to expose and disseminate PLUS findings and
are published by Routledge. See more details in Books
The first book Democratic choices for cities:
participation, leadership and urban sustainability
reflects both on the different debates around the concept of
urban governance and outline key elements of our vision for the
future of local democracy. It will address key concepts and will
explore the analytical choices to be made by the research team.
The second book, Leadership and participation:
lessons from sustainable cities
offers an analysis and synthesis
of empirical findings.
addition to purely academic papers and
articles (see Conference Papers section), a number of
publications have been delivered. They
include a guide on benchmarking institutional performance and a
distance learning pack and an internet database. See Distance
Learning Guide for more information.