Cities in Search of Freedom

European Municipalities Against the Leviathan

By Elisabetta Mocca

Published

Feb 1, 2023

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529216325

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Feb 1, 2023

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529216332

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Cities in Search of Freedom

The past 30 years have seen the weakening of the central state by processes of devolution, Europeanisation and globalisation, which have led to dramatic clashes between nation states and local authorities. Why do some cities feel the need to sidestep the state in their decision-making? And how can they do so?

Bridging political geography and politics, this book gives a new perspective on the central state’s weakening authority and the parallel rise of cities as political actors. The author considers the tensions between central states and European cities, giving a new perspective to students and researchers in urban studies, geography and political science.

Elisabetta Mocca is Post-Doctoral Assistant at the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna.

Introduction;

Ebbs and flows of cities as political actors;

Fleeing the state;

The fragmentation of authority;

The municipalisation of politics;

Civitas Activa;

A municipal way out?