Thesis: 'Democracy and the Mega-city'
This thesis focuses on modern, big cities. They are sites of exclusion, marginalisation and spatial inequalities but also are spheres of freedom and hope. For democratic scholars, egalitarian ideals can address those issues and guide relevant reforms. However, as I argue, current democratic accounts are usually ill-suited for addressing governance of big modern cities. Hence, I develop an understanding of democracy focused on emancipation and personal agency. This understanding can in turn guide democratic reforms in cities, and as such, create better and more equal future.