March 10, 2014

Why Our Mayors Don't Rule Our World

Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

The Associated Press

A good mayor is trusted in ways that prime ministers, premiers and presidents rarely are these days – not just by citizens, but by people around the world, in the cases of places like New York and London. Good mayors tend to defy the political spectrum: I was governed in London by two great mayors, Ken Livingstone, a Marxist who encouraged high-density private property development and introduced steep fees for driving downtown; and Boris Johnson, a far-right Tory who eagerly embraced public transit, bike lanes and urban multiculturalism.

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March 6, 2014
Italy's New Prime Minister Promises Big Reform
Walter Mayr, Spiegel
New Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is a neophyte on the national stage. But he has lofty ambitions nonetheless. A look back at his time as the mayor of Florence provides a glimpse of how he might run Italy. more ››
March 6, 2014
Italy's Young Prime Minister in a Hurry
Alexander Stille, The New Yorker
Sixty-three governments in sixty-eight years, with twenty-seven different Prime Ministers—so why should we care that Italy has a new government, with yet another Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi? It is understandable if... more ››
February 27, 2014
Matteo Renzi Is Italy's Final Hope
Christopher Duggan, Telegraph
Not for the first time, Italy has looked to a young, charismatic leader, untainted by previous political mistakes, for salvation. For some, Matteo Renzi is the country's final hope. more ››
February 26, 2014
Italy's New Machiavelli
Joseph LaPalombara, Yale Global
In Italy it is widely understood, even if left unspoken, that Niccolò Machiavelli had a hand in the birth of its just-installed national government, headed by youthful Matteo Renzi. Like most Tuscans, and millions of... more ››
February 27, 2014
How David Cameron Could Reshape Europe
Fraser Nelson, Spectator
If David Cameron were to divide Europe up, he’d make some crude distinctions. There would be the basket cases, like Italy, Spain, Greece, France — examples, by and large, of how countries should not be run. Then... more ››