This book presents the latest research on three issues of crucial importance to Asian cities: governance, livability, and sustainability. Together, these issues canvass the salient trends defining Asian urbanization and are explored through an eclectic compendium of studies that represent the many voices of this diverse region. Examining the processes and implications of Asian urbanization, the book interweaves practical cases with theories and empirical rigor while lending insight and complexity into the towering challenges of urban governance. The book targets a broad audience including thinkers, practitioners, and students.

part 1|97 pages

Transitions in governance

chapter 1|15 pages

Improving city government performance in the era of decentralization

The experiences of Indonesia and the Philippines

chapter 2|14 pages

The smart city as layered policy design

Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative

chapter 4|17 pages

Ideology of pragmatism

Singapore’s domestic policy

chapter 5|16 pages

Planning a new capital in Central Asia

The case of Nur-Sultan (Astana), Kazakhstan

chapter 6|15 pages

New Asian Statism

Toward an understanding of Asia’s 21st-century urban transformation

part 2|90 pages

Delivering public value

chapter 7|27 pages

Realization of universal health coverage through social health insurance expansion

An appraisal of policy capacity in China and Indonesia

chapter 8|15 pages

Building the city from abroad

Viet Kieu and the rights to Saigon

chapter 9|18 pages

Negotiating block size in Shanghai

Historical superblock or New Urbanist small block?

chapter 11|14 pages

Governance of government middle schools in urban China and India

Comparative analysis of supportive accountability and teacher perceptions

part 3|67 pages

Toward sustainable futures

chapter 12|19 pages

Muddling through the garbage

Household recycling in newly developed Asian cities

chapter 13|19 pages

Environmental governance in China

Three cases of central–local interactions

chapter 14|15 pages

Failed healthcare in India

Looking behind the urban-focused narrative

chapter 15|12 pages

The technocratic delusion

India’s Smart Cities Mission

chapter |6 pages


The future of Asian cities in an age of disruption