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Leading the inclusive cityPlace-based innovation for a bounded planet$
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Robin Hambleton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304975

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304975.001.0001

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Place-based leadership and the inclusive city

Place-based leadership and the inclusive city

(p.2) (p.3) Chapter 1 Place-based leadership and the inclusive city
Leading the inclusive city

Robin Hambleton

Policy Press

This chapter outlines the whole argument of the book. It introduces the intellectual framework and the main themes. Derived from social learning theory, the framework resembles the approach to place-based leadership recommended by the author. Successful leadership starts from an accurate diagnosis, uses appropriate concepts, takes action and constantly learns from that action. Key elements in this chapter are: a definition of the inclusive city; a discussion of the limits of markets; an exploration of the role of place in public policy; the changing nature of public leadership and city management; the importance of innovation in public management; power in modern society; and the interplay between the individual, society and nature. The discussion also explains how the nature of scholarship is changing. New forms of ‘engaged scholarship’, involving academics and practitioners co-creating new knowledge, hold out great promise. The author introduces the idea of an Innovation Story which is a short structured narrative describing an example of bold place-based action. Such stories throw light no how change was brought about and tries to identify leadership lessons for others. The chapter explains how societies need to develop place-based leadership in order to confront place-less power.

Keywords:   city management, inclusive city, innovation, local democracy, place-based leadership, scholarship, urban government

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