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Governing the Metropolis: Towards Kinder, Gentler Democracies


Kübler, Daniel (2012). Governing the Metropolis: Towards Kinder, Gentler Democracies. European Political Science, 11(3):430-445.

Abstract

Based on a review of experiences in Lyons, Stuttgart and London, this article reflects upon the implications of metropolitanisation for democracy. It examines the institutional set-up of metropolitan authorities, the election procedures of representatives as well as dynamics of decision-making within them. In spite of contrasted institutional settings, political logics and territorial interest representation are present in policy-making at the metropolitan level to a strikingly similar extent. This results in power-sharing strategies among the major political forces and a move away from majoritarian towards more consensual patterns of decision-making.

Abstract

Based on a review of experiences in Lyons, Stuttgart and London, this article reflects upon the implications of metropolitanisation for democracy. It examines the institutional set-up of metropolitan authorities, the election procedures of representatives as well as dynamics of decision-making within them. In spite of contrasted institutional settings, political logics and territorial interest representation are present in policy-making at the metropolitan level to a strikingly similar extent. This results in power-sharing strategies among the major political forces and a move away from majoritarian towards more consensual patterns of decision-making.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Date:September 2012
Deposited On:15 Feb 2013 10:55
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:27
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN:1680-4333
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1057/eps.2011.44
Official URL:http://www.palgrave-journals.com/eps/journal/v11/n3/index.html
Related URLs:http://www.palgrave-journals.com/eps/journal/v11/n3/pdf/eps201144a.pdf

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