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Citizenship in the fragmented metropolis: an individual-level analysis from Switzerland


Kübler, Daniel (2014). Citizenship in the fragmented metropolis: an individual-level analysis from Switzerland. In: City Futures 2014, Paris, 17 June 2014 - 20 June 2014, 31.

Abstract

Based on a survey of 2010 citizens in four large metropolitan areas in Switzerland, the analysis presented in this article shows that spatial mobility of citizens across municipal borders leads to an up-scaling of their territorial identities at the level of the city-region. On the one hand, this results in a favourable attitude towards encompassing institutions at the city-regional scale. On the other hand, given the high degree of institutional fragmentation prevailing in Swiss city regions, strong city-regional orientations lead to a delegitimisation of the local political system. Without adequate reforms of the territorial institutional framework the ongoing growth and functional integration of city-regional spaces will lead to political alienation and increasingly challenge the democratic legitimacy of the local state in Switzerland. More generally, the article shows that the long-running debate on metropolitan governance should focus, more thoroughly than in the past, on issues of citizenship and democratic legitimacy.

Based on a survey of 2010 citizens in four large metropolitan areas in Switzerland, the analysis presented in this article shows that spatial mobility of citizens across municipal borders leads to an up-scaling of their territorial identities at the level of the city-region. On the one hand, this results in a favourable attitude towards encompassing institutions at the city-regional scale. On the other hand, given the high degree of institutional fragmentation prevailing in Swiss city regions, strong city-regional orientations lead to a delegitimisation of the local political system. Without adequate reforms of the territorial institutional framework the ongoing growth and functional integration of city-regional spaces will lead to political alienation and increasingly challenge the democratic legitimacy of the local state in Switzerland. More generally, the article shows that the long-running debate on metropolitan governance should focus, more thoroughly than in the past, on issues of citizenship and democratic legitimacy.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Event End Date:20 June 2014
Deposited On:06 Feb 2015 18:26
Last Modified:04 Jun 2016 10:07
Publisher:s.n.
Additional Information:Presentation at the Conference City Futures 2014. Panel 18 ‘Comparing local citizenship in city regions: the citizens’ perspective’ convened by A. Lidström
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-105023

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