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Transitions are never fast, easy or singular - learning from Tbilisi

Transitions are not simple. For the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, we argue that the multiple transformations which occurred since the 90's jeopardized many collective goods essential to the quality of urban life, while that same multiplicity destroyed mechanisms of coordination in governance, mechanisms which would have been helpful in defining a new form of urban governance and urban planning. Transition, here post- Soviet transition, thus created a need for collective strategy while rendering the formation and implementation of such strategy hard. Time is needed to rebuild institutions, clarify false oppositions, find value in combining planning and market principles, and in the basic idea of coordinated action towards collective goals.

New paper, in European Planning Studies, with esteemed colleague Joseph Salukvadze:

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