A new working paper on Integrating national policies to deliver compact, connected cities: a horizon scan into transport and housing has been released by the Coalition for Urban Transitions. The paper, authored by LSE Cities and the OECD, explores the ways in which urban policy sectors are integrated—or fragmented—in ten case study countries: China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States. A central finding is that a lack of coordination between national economic policy, and housing and transport policy, undermines both the economic potential and environmental sustainability of cities.
LSE Cities Research Fellow and the Coordinator of the New Urban Governance project, Nuno Ferreira da Cruz, has released a new working paper, “A brief inquiry into the uses of measurement and benchmarking in local governance.” The paper briefly reviews the potential, limitations and unintended consequences of measuring and comparing performance in the context of local governance. It can be downloaded here.