If the new millenium marks a recurrence of the real, Bent Flyvbjerg's Rationality and Power epitomizes this development and sets new standards for social and political inquiry. The Danish town of Aalborg is to Flyvbjerg what Florence was to Machiavelli: a laboratory for understanding the real workings of power and what they mean for our more general concerns of social and political organization. Politics, administration, and planning are examined in ways that allow a rare, in-depth understanding. The reader witnesses, firsthand, the classic and endless drama which defines what modernity and democracy are and can be.
... rich ... monumental ... a brilliant exemplar.