This article reviews recent scholarship on the urban politics of mega-events. Mega-events have long been promoted as drivers of urban development, based on their potential to generate beneficial legacies for host cities. Yet the mega-event industry is increasingly struggling to find cities willing to host. Political arguments that promote mega-events to host cities include narratives about mega-event legacy—the potential for events to generate long-term benefits—and mega-event leveraging—the idea that cities can strategically link event planning to other policy agendas. In contrast, the apparent decline in interest among potential host cities stems from two political shifts: skepticism toward the promises made by boosters, and the emergence of new kinds of protest movements. The article analyzes an example of largely successful opposition to mega-events, and evaluates parallels between the politics of mega-events and those of other urban megaprojects.
Grand Promises Meet Local Resistance
Black urban insurgency and antisocial security in twenty-first-century Philadelphia
political establishment, including the black political establishment, on the part of many African American Philadelphians. Furthermore, at a moment when the liberal urban political establishment is frequently celebrated at the national level as the
Negotiating the City at the Intersection of Art, Research and Urban Politics
Judith Laister and Anna Lipphardt
Over the past decades, ‘participation’ has evolved as a key concept in a multitude of practice fields and discursive arenas, ranging from diverse political and economic contexts, through academic research, education and social work, urban planning and design, to arts institutions and artistic projects. While participation originally is a political concept and practice, it has long set out as a ‘travelling concept’ (Bal 2002). This special issue focuses on its travels between three fields of practice: the city, the arts and qualitative empirical research. Each of these practice fields over the past decades has yielded distinct understandings, objectives and methods in respect to participations, yet they also increasingly intersect, overlap and fuse with each other within specific practice contexts. What is more, many of the individual actors engaging in these initiatives on behalf of the city – from temporary projects to long-term collaborations – are not situated in one practice field only. Along with Jana König and Elisabeth Scheffel we understand them as ‘double agents’ (König and Scheffel 2013: 272–3) or even ‘multiple agents’, with simultaneous entanglements and commitments in more than one practice field.
The Example of the Former Bicycle Factory ROG in Ljubljana, Slovenia
This article analyses the phenomenon of urban regeneration and development in the context of globalisation and processes of Europeanisation with a focus on culture and creativity. It asks how the process of negotiating EU-rope is being reflected in places situated at the 'edge' of the European Union and which actors are involved in these processes of negotiating EU-rope, its culture, values and urban regeneration. The author presents an empirical example from Ljubljana, Slovenia. The focus lies on negotiating the usage and development of an abandoned industrial site. Here, different ideas of negotiating and developing the city in the context of globalisation and Europeanisation come to the fore: top-down approaches that follow the image of a creative city as well as bottom-up initiatives that develop anti-global and anti-capitalistic criticism with the help of social-spatial and cultural practices.
This special focus issue, guest edited by Jutta Helm, features articles
on German cities and urban politics. We are delighted to furnish
Helm and her colleagues with a forum to publish their research on a
crucial area of modern German politics and society. Additionally, we
invited Russell Dalton, a member of our editorial board and among
the most distinguished experts on German elections, to offer his
keen insights on Germany’s landmark parliamentary election in September
1998. We hope you enjoy the issue.
The Case of the Bostan of Kuzguncuk, Istanbul
through agricultural projects. Urban Political Ecology This brief overview of the problematic of community gardens demonstrates the issue of the relationship of the community with the garden they are working for. Indeed, another approach of UA can be to
Donna Houston, Diana McCallum, Wendy Steele, and Jason Byrne
between people and nonhuman others in urban contexts are characterized by affective and corporeal entanglements—where feelings of joy, despair, hope, and vilification play out in daily encounters, and in urban politics and spaces. There are few artificial
. Malden, MA Blackwell . Heynen , Nikolas C. , Maria Kaika , and Erik Swyngedouw . 2006 . “ Urban Political Ecologies: Politicizing the Production of Urban Natures .” In In the Nature of Cities: Urban Political Ecology and the Politics of Urban
, sculpture, etc.) is born in a genealogy, in a vast time, sort of library-landscape, which remembers and forgets, which keeps and brings back to life all the previous works. 2) The other stage is its genetic geography, its spatial context, its urban
Marxian anthropology resurgent
Patrick Neveling and Luisa Steur
historical entanglements of the palace and the city, Murawski establishes a bird’s eye view on the state of urban anthropology, as well as on yet another recent turn: the infrastructural one. Warsaw’s real-world urban politics have always been concerned with