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The democratic foundations of the Just City: towards a comparative framework


Dlabac, Oliver (2014). The democratic foundations of the Just City: towards a comparative framework. In: City Futures III, Joint Conference by EURA and UAA, Paris, 18 June 2014 - 20 June 2014.

Abstract

This paper departs from the debate on the Just City and asks what the democratic foundations of such a city would look like. In an effort to integrate advancements in urban research and democracy research, I propose a comparative framework for identifying favourable institutional arrangements for democratic planning processes potentially contributing to just planning outcomes. It is hypothesized that vertical and horizontal consensual power sharing institutions, complemented with a strong mayor and broadly mobilizing participatory arrangements, are best suited for protecting and empowering deprived population groups in a broad range of planning domains – from local redevelopment and municipal planning to the achievement of collective action at the metropolitan level. Future comparative case studies will show whether particular institutions and their configurations actually shape planning processes in ways that are essential for approaching the ideal of the Just City.

Abstract

This paper departs from the debate on the Just City and asks what the democratic foundations of such a city would look like. In an effort to integrate advancements in urban research and democracy research, I propose a comparative framework for identifying favourable institutional arrangements for democratic planning processes potentially contributing to just planning outcomes. It is hypothesized that vertical and horizontal consensual power sharing institutions, complemented with a strong mayor and broadly mobilizing participatory arrangements, are best suited for protecting and empowering deprived population groups in a broad range of planning domains – from local redevelopment and municipal planning to the achievement of collective action at the metropolitan level. Future comparative case studies will show whether particular institutions and their configurations actually shape planning processes in ways that are essential for approaching the ideal of the Just City.

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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 18:15
Last Modified:23 Nov 2017 08:40
Publisher:s.n.

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