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Sustainability 2016, 8(11), 1197; doi:10.3390/su8111197

The Ethical City: A Rationale for an Urgent New Urban Agenda

UN Global Compact—Cities Programme, RMIT University, 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
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Academic Editor: Tan Yigitcanlar
Received: 12 September 2016 / Revised: 3 November 2016 / Accepted: 10 November 2016 / Published: 19 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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Abstract

The ethical city, in contrast to many other adjectives used to describe our cities, implies an approach to urban development that is about doing the right thing for and by urban citizens. Acknowledging the rich traditions of urban development studies and human ethics, this article draws on examples of existing practices in cities that reflect a principled and ethical approach to leadership, governance, planning, economic development, sustainability and citizen engagement. An increased focus on ethics and justice is central in shaping how we respond effectively to global pressing issues such as climate change while at the same time tackling diverse social and economic problems in our cities including inequality, marginalization and lack of access to opportunities for the most vulnerable. While an ethical city points towards sustainability, resilience, inclusion and shared prosperity, the opposite direction could lead to corruption, poverty and social disaffection. View Full-Text
Keywords: ethics; justice; inequality; poverty; marginalization; sustainability; decarbonization; inclusion; multiculturalism; liveability ethics; justice; inequality; poverty; marginalization; sustainability; decarbonization; inclusion; multiculturalism; liveability
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Barrett, B.F.D.; Horne, R.; Fien, J. The Ethical City: A Rationale for an Urgent New Urban Agenda. Sustainability 2016, 8, 1197.

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