The Geopolitics of a New Urban Agenda. Renato Nunes Balbim (ed.), Brasilia, IPEA 2016, 364 p. – ISBN: 978-85-7811-289

As we entered the new millenium, the majority of the world population was living in cities. We are facing huge challenges and discovering new opportunities. In preparation for the world city summit in Quito in 2016, Habitat III, IPEA (the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economics Research), linked to the Presidency, organized 16 papers on the geopolitics of a new urban agenda, with subjects as diverse as bottom-up democracy, city diplomacy, potential of new technologies, Sustainable Agenda Goals for cities and so forth. Ladislau Dowbor’s chapter, Urban policies and participation, can be found at pages 25-54. The whole wolume is free for download at