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Towards the just city? Attitudes of european city mayors heading towards the just city


Dlabac, Oliver; Zwicky, Roman; Carpenter, Juliet; Patricia, Pereira (2018). Towards the just city? Attitudes of european city mayors heading towards the just city. In: Swiss Political Science Association. Annual Meeting, Genf, 5 February 2018 - 6 February 2018.

Abstract

This paper takes up the concept of the ‘Just City’ (Fainstein 2010) and follows the conceptual orientation within an own ongoing comparative case study for Birmingham, Lyon and Zurich, trying to identify the 'democratic foundations of the Just City' (Carpenter, Dlabac, and Zwicky 2015; Dlabac 2014). Socially just urban planning orientations, it is hypothesised, are favoured by corresponding national welfare state regimes and planning systems, by Europeanization processes and by a strong and cooperative mayoral leadership that favours the participation of the broader public above a more restrictive cooperation with the local business community.
The second round of the European mayor's survey allows assessing the mayor’s agenda with regard to social justice: refusal of market solutions for attending housing needs; insistence on public delivery of services; and a strong adherence to integrated urban projects. Whereas welfare state regimes deliver little explanatory power, we find indications for the role of national planning systems and Europeanization processes. Considerable variation, however, remains at the level of the cities after accounting for cross-national variation. Besides a leftist political orientation, community-based urban leaders clearly distinguish themselves from business-oriented leaders.

Abstract

This paper takes up the concept of the ‘Just City’ (Fainstein 2010) and follows the conceptual orientation within an own ongoing comparative case study for Birmingham, Lyon and Zurich, trying to identify the 'democratic foundations of the Just City' (Carpenter, Dlabac, and Zwicky 2015; Dlabac 2014). Socially just urban planning orientations, it is hypothesised, are favoured by corresponding national welfare state regimes and planning systems, by Europeanization processes and by a strong and cooperative mayoral leadership that favours the participation of the broader public above a more restrictive cooperation with the local business community.
The second round of the European mayor's survey allows assessing the mayor’s agenda with regard to social justice: refusal of market solutions for attending housing needs; insistence on public delivery of services; and a strong adherence to integrated urban projects. Whereas welfare state regimes deliver little explanatory power, we find indications for the role of national planning systems and Europeanization processes. Considerable variation, however, remains at the level of the cities after accounting for cross-national variation. Besides a leftist political orientation, community-based urban leaders clearly distinguish themselves from business-oriented leaders.

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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:6 February 2018
Deposited On:14 Jan 2019 16:24
Last Modified:14 Jan 2019 16:24
OA Status:Green
Official URL:https://www.swiss-conferences.com/conferences/swiss-political-science-association-conference-1

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