Backlight: Power to the City

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Kasper Verkaik
VPRO Television
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While national governments are mired in party politics and their own bureaucracy, the cities are bursting with energy, optimism and a sense of resolve. Where national governments fail, on a city level many problems – in the fields of the environment, poverty, food production and care – are solved more quickly and together in collaboration with citizens.

Isn’t it high time that our cities are given more power? What would happen if pragmatic mayors took matters more into their own hands and tried to turn their cities into administrative centres – outside the scope of national politics?