Governance lessons from urban informality

Hugo Sarmiento, Chris Tilly

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We locate this issue’s papers on a spectrum of radicalism. We then examine that spectrum, and the governance mechanisms described, through the lens of a significant arena of urban counter-planning: the urban informal economy. Drawing on our own research on self-organization by informal workers and settlers, as well as broader literatures, we suggest useful lessons for reinventing urban governance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-202
Number of pages4
JournalPolitics and Governance
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Bottom-up
  • Counter-planning
  • Governance
  • Informal economy
  • Informality
  • Radicalism
  • Social movements
  • Top-down
  • Urban planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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