chapter  9
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Governing the multilevel transition


In recent years, the role of local governments in enabling local sustainability has been increasingly emphasised. Local governments play an influential role in a city’s life, reaching out to promote dialogue with other actors such as municipally owned and private companies, interest groups such as nongovernmental organisations, media, or other authorities and citizens. All this may be broadly conceived as the process of governance. “Governance . .. is the sphere of public debate, partnership, interaction, dialogue and conflict entered into by local citizens and organisations and by local governments” (Bob Evans et al. 2005,3).