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Cities and communities beyond COVID-19: How local leadership can change our future for the better

Cities and communities beyond COVID-19: How local leadership can change our future for the better 06 Reviews.qxp_Admin 69-3 27/07/2021 15:27 Page 101 Administration, vol. 69, no. 3 (2021), pp. 101–105 doi: 10.2478/admin-2021-0023 Cities and communities beyond COVID-19: How local leadership can change our future for the better Robin Hambleton (Bristol: Bristol University Press; 2020; ISBN: 978- 1-529215-85-4; 171 pp; £9.99) Can the shock of the Covid-19 pandemic open our eyes to new possibilities? What kind of future do we want for ourselves and our children? How ought we govern ourselves? Is the continued exploitation of people and the planet the right path for modern societies? These are just a few of the questions Robin Hambleton poses at the outset of Cities and Communities Beyond COVID-19. With these, the reader is almost immediately confronted with their own predispositions and ideologies as they dive deeper into the text. Hambleton is careful not to suggest any one answer to these questions; rather he contends that the answers lie in the specificities of different communities. The very idea of ‘best practice’, he contends, should indeed be done away with and be replaced instead by ‘relevant practice’ (p. 136). The structure of the chapters are reminiscent of that of a text book: introduction, body, conclusion. Hambleton manages to make http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Administration de Gruyter

Cities and communities beyond COVID-19: How local leadership can change our future for the better

Administration , Volume 69 (3): 5 – Aug 1, 2021

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06 Reviews.qxp_Admin 69-3 27/07/2021 15:27 Page 101 Administration, vol. 69, no. 3 (2021), pp. 101–105 doi: 10.2478/admin-2021-0023 Cities and communities beyond COVID-19: How local leadership can change our future for the better Robin Hambleton (Bristol: Bristol University Press; 2020; ISBN: 978- 1-529215-85-4; 171 pp; £9.99) Can the shock of the Covid-19 pandemic open our eyes to new possibilities? What kind of future do we want for ourselves and our children? How ought we govern ourselves? Is the continued exploitation of people and the planet the right path for modern societies? These are just a few of the questions Robin Hambleton poses at the outset of Cities and Communities Beyond COVID-19. With these, the reader is almost immediately confronted with their own predispositions and ideologies as they dive deeper into the text. Hambleton is careful not to suggest any one answer to these questions; rather he contends that the answers lie in the specificities of different communities. The very idea of ‘best practice’, he contends, should indeed be done away with and be replaced instead by ‘relevant practice’ (p. 136). The structure of the chapters are reminiscent of that of a text book: introduction, body, conclusion. Hambleton manages to make

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