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Rescaling metropolitan governance: examining discourses and conflicts in two Swiss metropolitan areas


van der Heiden, Nico; Koch, Philippe; Kübler, Daniel (2013). Rescaling metropolitan governance: examining discourses and conflicts in two Swiss metropolitan areas. Urban Research & Practice, 6(1):40-53.

Abstract

Due to their nodal position in economic and social development, metropolitan areas give impetus to globalization. In turn, they are themselves transformed by this process. However, the question of how metropolitan areas transform by participating in the process of globalization is subject to debate. Based on case studies of two Swiss metropolitan areas (Berne and Zurich) and two policy domains (public transport and urban foreign policy), we argue that the rescaling process in metropolitan areas depends on the global competitiveness pressure the cities face and on the meaning that political actors give to these global pressures.

Abstract

Due to their nodal position in economic and social development, metropolitan areas give impetus to globalization. In turn, they are themselves transformed by this process. However, the question of how metropolitan areas transform by participating in the process of globalization is subject to debate. Based on case studies of two Swiss metropolitan areas (Berne and Zurich) and two policy domains (public transport and urban foreign policy), we argue that the rescaling process in metropolitan areas depends on the global competitiveness pressure the cities face and on the meaning that political actors give to these global pressures.

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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
Uncontrolled Keywords:metropolitan governance, rescaling, public transport, urban foreign policy
Language:English
Date:March 2013
Deposited On:12 Apr 2013 06:30
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:43
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:1753-5069
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/17535069.2012.762211
Related URLs:http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rurp20/current

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