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The Governance Research Cluster of GCI aims to explore the relationships, transactions, and exchanges among and between regions’ political, economic, financial, commercial, and sociological organizations; these interactions create systems of governance that transcends any one actor or constituent unit. The Governance Cluster seeks to better understand patterns of governing/governance, resource distribution and allocations, market and commercial affairs, and management and leadership challenges and reforms. By engaging practitioners and academics alike, members of this cluster design research projects based on the insight, input and experience of stakeholders and theorists.

Michael A. Pagano
Michael A. Pagano is the Coordinator of the Governance Research Cluster at GCI. Dr. Pagano is Professor and Director, Public Administration Program at UIC, Co-Editor of Urban Affairs Review, and a Fellow at Great Cities Institute.
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Individuals Active in the Governance Research Cluster

Dennis Judd
Department of Political Science
Karen Mossberger
Public Administration
Rachel Weber
Urban Planning and Policy

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There are no Governance Research Cluster events planned at this time. Check back soon!

Recent Events

On April 24, 2007 at the Great Cities Institute, Evan McKenzie gave a presentation on gated communities. The talk was titled How Universal is the Spread of Privately Governed "Gated" Neighborhoods, and What are the Implications for Urban Theory?

On March 13, 2007 Dennis Judd gave a presentation titled Civic Capacity and Urban Power: A Theory of Governance at the Great Cities Institute. Professor Judd focused on the governing power in the City of Saint Louis. His lecture was third in a series of presentations coordinated by the Governance Cluster.

Karen Mossberger, professor of Public Administration and core member of the Governance Cluster of Great Cities, gave a presentation on January 30, 2007, titled The Many Meanings of Governance: How Should We Develop Research and Theory? The presentation centered on the idea of Governance. Among the questions Professor Mossberger addressed was whether Governance is a category of governing models, a theory in itself, or captures the intersections of other theories and models. Professor Mossberger’s presentation is second in a series of presentations coordinated by the Governance Cluster.

On January 18, 2007, Great Cities hosted the Roundtable on Local Government and Metropolitan Regions. The roundtable at UIC was part of a series of international roundtables sponsored by the Forum of Federations as part of their Global Dialogue on Federalism. The event took place over the entire day, with a smaller session occurring in the morning, and a larger session with concurrent panels in the afternoon. The topics discussed at the roundtable were democratic accountability, intergovernmental relations, financing and revenue authority, and the linkages between politics and governance. Among the many talented national scholars, policy professionals and regional practitioners who attended were State Representatives Julie Hamos, Sidney Mathias, Micheal Tryon, State Senator Pamela Althoff, Mayor Mike Einhorn of Crete, Mayor Jeff Schielke of Batavia, Mayor Thomas Murawski of Midlothian, Neal Peirce of the Citistates Group, and George Anderson of the Forum of Federations. Bill Barnes of the National League of Cities gave the luncheon address. Rachel Weber, David Perry, Dennis Judd, and Michael Pagano, the coordinator of the event, were moderators at the panels. This was the first large event for the Governance Cluster at Great Cities.