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IDB launches “Managing the metropolis” book September 7, presentations by Richard Bird and German Quintana

The Inter-American Development Bank will launch on September 7 “Gobernar las Metropolis” (Managing the Metropolis) a comprehensive new study of the governance challenges facing urban areas in Latin America and the Caribbean, North America and Europe.

During the event professor Richard Bird of the University of Toronto will make a presentation on fiscal issues on metropolitan governance and Germán Quintana of the Organization of American States and former head of the Santiago Metropolitan Region in Chile will discuss trends in the practice of metropolitan governance. The presentations will be in English.

The book, co-edited by IDB urban development specialist Eduardo Rojas, Juan Ramón Cuadrado Roura of the University of Alcalá and José Miguel Fernández Guell of the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid, presents a collection of essays by distinguished experts discussing the theory and practice of urban governance in metropolitan areas that include multiple jurisdictions. The essays examine both fiscal and democratic governance issues against the background of the increasing economic and social importante of metropolitan areas in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The book also contains an analysis of basic functions of metropolitan management based on the principles of good governance laid out in the initial chapters, and case studies of good metropolitan governance from around the world.

IDB Sustainable Development Department Deputy Manager Marco Ferroni will open the event, which will take place from 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center, 1330 New York Ave., N.W., Room CR-300, Washington, D.C.

The book was published only in Spanish.

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