“If Mayors Ruled the World”
Season 5, Episode 30
This week, Freakonomics Radio expands on an idea from political theorist Benjamin Barber, who wrote If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities. Barber argues that cities are paragons of good governance — compared, at least, to nation-states — and that is largely due to their mayors. Mayors, Barber argues, are can-do people who inevitably cut through the inertia and partisanship that can plague state and federal governments.
Then: what isn’t Boris Johnson? He is, inter alia, a former Mayor of London; a prolific author, journalist and biographer of Winston Churchill; a Member of Parliament currently campaigning for the U.K. to leave the European Union; a potential future Prime Minister himself despite being a “self-styled joke” who occasionally gets stuck on a zip-line; an American by birth (and U.S. passport holder).