Policy Press

Publishing with a purpose

Published

Jan 21, 2022

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529205824

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jan 21, 2022

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529205848

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
New Developments in Urban Governance

This book presents the findings of a major Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) project into urban austerity governance in eight cities across the world (Athens, Baltimore, Barcelona, Melbourne, Dublin, Leicester, Montreal and Nantes). It offers comparative reflections on the myriad experiences of collaborative governance and its limitations.

International contributors from across the social sciences discuss ways that citizens, activists and local states collaborate and come into conflict in attempting to build just cities. They examine the development of egalitarian collaborative governance strategies, provide innovative ideas and tools to extend emancipatory governance practices and show hopeful possibilities for cities beyond austerity and neoliberalism.

“The book provides a critical but also nuanced analysis of how policy agendas, dominated by neoliberal visions and austerity, affect practices of collaborative urban governance. Its comparative approach also shows that governance devices can also be host to resistance strategies and policy alternatives to austerity.” Gilles Pinson, Sciences Po Bordeaux

“This impressive collection of comparative international case studies offers a highly original and intriguing account of how local collaboration can help to circumvent the negative impacts of austerity on global cities.” Sarah Ayres, University of Bristol

“This book provides a unique account of responses to governing, and resisting, austerity. Trends to centralisation and authoritarianism are revealed, but alongside glimpses of alternative urban futures. Detailed empirical research is combined with a passion for urban social justice, creating a highly readable resource for academics, activists and urban policymakers.” Vivien Lowndes, University of Birmingham

Jonathan S. Davies is Director of the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity and Professor of Critical Policy Studies at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

Ismael Blanco is Director of the Institute for Governance and Public Policies (IGOP) and Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Public Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

Adrian Bua is Lecturer in Urban Politics in the Department of Politics, People and Place at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK and a member of the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity.

Ioannis Chorianopoulos is Professor in Social Geography at the University of the Aegean, Greece.

Mercè Cortina Oriol is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Urban Politics in the Department of Politics, People and Place at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK and a member of the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity.

Niamh Gaynor is Associate Professor at Dublin City University, Ireland.

Brendan Gleeson is Professor of Urban Policy Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Steven Griggs is Director of the Local Governance Research Centre and Professor of Public Policy at De Montfort University, UK.

Pierre Hamel is Professor of Sociology at the Université de Montréal, Canada.

Hayley Henderson is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, Australia.

David Howarth is Professor of Politics at the University of Essex, UK.

Roger Keil is Professor and York Research Chair in Global Sub/Urban Studies at York University, Canada.

Madeleine Pill is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield and Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Yunailis Salazar is Researcher in the Institute for Governance and Public Policies (IGOP) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

Helen Sullivan is Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, Australia.

Andrés Feandeiro received his PhD in Governance and Management from De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. His research interests include urban governance and innovation.

Introduction

Crisis and Austerity in Eight Cities: An Overview

Collaborative Governance after the Global Economic Crisis

Austerity Governance, Political Resistance and Urban Transformation

Rescaling through Austerity Governance

The Local State in Austerity Governance

Urban Cultural Diversity and Economic Migration in Austere Times

Conclusion

Afterword: From Austerity to COVID-19 and Beyond