The Urban Governance of Austerity in Europe
The 2008 financial crash and ensuing austerity have brought critical perspectives on political economy into academic debates in democratic theory and public administration. One important area of contention regards “collaborative” and “network” forms of governance. Advocates argue that these comprise an epochal shift that resolves many pitfalls of state and market oriented governance, a consensus that was especially popular during the 1990’s and early 2000’s. This chapter reports research carried out in five cities in Europe (Athens, Barcelona, Dublin, Leicester, Nantes) exploring the impact of austerity politics on the ideology and practice of collaborative governance – would it endure, or be unravelled by, post-crash exposure to austerity and distributional conflict? The chapter concludes that severe austerity erodes the foundations for strong collaborative governance. The inability to survive the return of distributional conflict leads us to conclude that collaborative governance is fully functional only in times of growth.
Citation : Bua, A., Davies, J., Blanco, I., Chorianopoulos, I., Cortina-Oriol, M., Feandeiro, A., Gaynor, N., Griggs, S., Howarth, D. and Salazar, Y. (forthcoming) The Urban Governance of Austerity in Europe. In Kerley, R., Liddle, J. and Dunning, P.T. (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of International Local Government. Abingdon: Routledge
ISBN : 9781138234727
Research Group : Centre for Urban Research on Austerity
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