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Maarten Hajer

Maarten Hajer
Maarten Hajer

(1962) is distinguished professor of Urban Futures. Previously Hajer was professor of Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam (1998-2015) and Director-General of the PBL – Netherlands Environmental Asssessment Agency (2008-2015). He is the author of over ten scholarly books, includingThe Politics of Environmental Discourse (Oxford UP, 1995), In Search of New Public Domain – Analysis and Strategy (NAi Publishers, 2001, together with Arnold Reijndorp) and Authoritative Governance - Policy-making in the Age of Mediatization (Oxford UP, 2009). His most recent book is Smart about Cities – Visualizing the Challenge of 21st Century Urbanism (NAi/010, 2014), a critique of the prevalent discourse of smart cities and a call to connect new technological possibilities to a more encompassing agenda: the need to change the 'metabolism' of our cities. Maarten Hajer was elected Government Manager of the Year in 2014. He was Chief Curator of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2016 the results of which can be found here. He is Honorary Professor at the University of Copenhagen.


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  • Hoe democratisch is de stad?

    How democratic is the city?

    With: Adri Duivesteijn, Charlotte Bos, Famile Arslan, Joris Wijsmuller, Maarten Hajer

    How can citizens get more involved in local political decisions that can change their daily lives? Is the idea of an elected mayor a solution for this? Should there be local referenda? Or does it need more changes in the local democracy? A programme in Dutch.

    Maarten Hajer, professior in Urban Futures at Utrecht university gives an introduction on the present state of of democracy. He gives his view on the thesis of the American political scientist Barber in his book 'If Mayors Ruled the World', that cities get more and more power, and states lose power. Does that apply to The Netherlands too?

    Hajer talks with the panel and the audience on this issue. One of the members of the panel is Adri Duivesteijn, former alderman of The Hague and Almere, a former member of the House of Commons and of the House of Lords.

    This programme is one of the debates that will be held in different cities in The Netherlands, as part of the campagne 'Nederland leest' (Holland reads). In co-operation with The Libarary. Curated by Shervin Nekuee (Writers Unlimited).

    ATTENTION: The programme starts at 7.30 pm.