The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism

Date(s) - 04/23/18
5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Chicago Council

The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Bruce Katz, Author

In what has been dubbed the “age of cities” where does the real power for change lie? While governments at the national level are encumbered by partisanship and budgetary challenges, cities have unleashed their dominance in driving innovation and growth on the world stage. This new concentration of power in urban centers, what Katz describes as the “new localism,” has the potential to solve many of the challenges facing modern societies: economic growth, social inclusion, the challenge of diversity, and environmental sustainability. But, as the power and autonomy of cities continues to grow, what are the potential drawbacks of the new power dynamic?

This event is in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council.


Bruce Katz


Bruce Katz is the coauthor of The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism. Previously he served as inaugural Centennial Scholar at Brookings Institution and as vice president and director of Brooking’s Metropolitan Policy Program for 20 years. He is a member of the RSA City Growth Commission in the United Kingdom and a visiting professor at London School of Economics. Katz previously served as chief of staff to the secretary of Housing and Urban Development and staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs. Katz co-led the Obama administration’s housing and urban transition team. He is coauthor of The Metropolitan Revolution and The New Localism, editor or coeditor of several books on urban and metropolitan issues, and a frequent media commentator.