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Tales of Two Cities
Women and Municipal Restructuring in London and Toronto
Sylvia Bashevkin  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 4/19/2006
ISBN: 9780774812788    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 11/1/2006
ISBN: 9780774812795    

200 Pages


About the Book

In the age of globalization, state restructuring is changing the political landscape. How does reshaping local government affect citizen involvement in public life? As cities move between centralized and decentralized governance and conservative and progressive leadership, what brings out the best and the worst in civic engagement?

In this thought-provoking book, Sylvia Bashevkin examines the consequences of divergent restructuring experiences in London and Toronto. By focusing on the forced amalgamation of local boroughs in Toronto and the creation of a new metropolitan authority in London, Tales of Two Cities explores the fallout for women as urban citizens. Ultimately, context is crucial to whether municipal change signals pessimism or promise.

Clear, insightful, and prescient, Tales of Two Cities will appeal to those interested in civic affairs, political inclusion, and the future of democracy in major urban centres.

About the Author(s)

Sylvia Bashevkin is Principal of University College and a professor of political science at the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents



1. Restructuring Contexts

2. Seeking Public Office

3. Working from the Inside

4. Planning Ahead

5. Assessing Restructuring

6. Future Prospects

Appendix: Interview Schedules


Selected Bibliography



Selected Bibliography



Lucid, succinct, and highly accessible. Readers with an interest in urban affairs will find this book of great value, while its women-centred approach to urban citizenship will appeal to urban analysts and their students in a range of disciplines. The author’s comparative analysis of the social, political, and cultural characteristics of two cities that have recently experienced governmental reform is particularly compelling.
-- Nirmala Rao, co-author of Governing London

This book links a rich and nuanced description of the roles women played in local government in Toronto and London to reflections on major political questions - the nature of urban citizenship and the relationship between gender and political inclusion. Tales of Two Cities contributes to our growing understanding about why cities matter and why women matter to cities."
-- Caroline Andrew, co-editor of Urban Affairs: Back on the Policy Agenda

Bashevkin’s book is an enlightening look at the political factors shaping citizenship opportunities for urban women. Her careful comparative analysis will be of interest to academics, students, and feminists working in the local arena.
- Judith A. Garber, University of Alberta, Politics & Gender, 4(2), 2008

Not to be confused with the two cities Dickens wrote about, Bashevkin’s focus is contemporary London and Toronto, and how the governance of each affected the rights of women. […] This is an ambitious book. It weaves together several strands of feminist, political, and urban theory, and then tests them comparatively with both quantitative and qualitative data. The author is to be commended for recognizing London and Toronto as natural laboratories to test those theories. I would recommend this book to political scientists, urbanists, and, perhaps most importantly, to local officials in Toronto and London.
- Daphne Spain, University of Virginia, Canadian Journal of Urban Research, Summer 2008, Vol. 17, No. 1

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One

Related Topics

Women's Studies
Urban Studies
Political Science

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