The Globalized City: Economic Restructuring and Social Polarization in European Cities by Frank Moulaert

The Globalized City: Economic Restructuring and Social Polarization in European Cities

EditorFrank Moulaert, Arantxa Rodriguez, Erik Swyngedouw

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This book explores the dynamics that have accompanied the implementation of large-scale Urban Development Projects (UDPs) in nine European cities within the European Union (EU). It contributes to the analysis of the relationship between urban restructuring and social exclusion/integration inthe context of the emergence of the European-wide 'new' regimes of urban governance. These regimes reflect the reawakening of neo-liberal policy and the rise of a New Urban Policy favouring private investments and deregulation of property and labour markets. The selected UDPs further reflect globalpressures and changing systems of local, regional, and/or national regulation and governance. These projects, while being decidedly local, capture global trends and new national and local policies as they are expressed in particular institutional forms and strategic practices. The large scale urbaninterventions were deliberately chosen as reflections of a particular hegemonic and dominant expression of urban policy, as pursued during the 1990s. The book provides a panoramic view of urban change in some of Europe's greatest cities. The nine case-studies include: The Europeanization ofBrussels, The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, the new financial district in Dublin, the science-university-technology complex 'Adlershof' in Berlin, the 1998 World Expo in Lisbon, Athens's bid to stage the Olympic Games, Vienna's Donau City, Copenhagen's Oresund project, and Naples' new businessdistrict. These case-studies testify to the unshakable belief the city elites hold in the healing effects that the production of new urban mega-projects and -events has on their city's vitality and development potential. The book also analyses the down side of this development in terms of socialexclusion, the formation of new urban elites, and the consolidation of less democratic forms of urban governance. The principal aim is to show how the production of these new urban spaces is actually also part of the production of a new polity, a new economy, and new forms of living urban life thatare not very promising for a socially harmonious and just future for metropolitan urban Europe.

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Frank Moulaert is a Professor of European Planning and Development, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Arantxa Rodriguez is Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain. Erik Swyngedouw is a Reader in Economic Geography, University of Oxford.
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Title:The Globalized City: Economic Restructuring and Social Polarization in European CitiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:302 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:March 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Erik Swyngedouw, Frank Moulaert, and Arantxa Rodriguez: Introduction1. Erik Swyngedouw, Frank Moulaert, and Arantxa Rodriguez: 'The World in a Grain of Sand': Large-Scale Urban Development Projects and the Dynamics of 'Glocal' Transformations2. Arantxa Rodriguez, Erik Swyngedouw, and Frank Moulaert: Urban Restructuring, Social-Political Polarization, and New Urban Policies3. Frank Moulaert, Arantxa Rodriguez, and Erik Swyngedouw: Large-Scale Urban Development Projects, Urban Dynamics, and Social Polarization: A Methodological Reflection4. Pavlos-Marinos Delladetsima: The Olympic Village: A Redevelopment Marathon in Greater Athens5. John Andersen: Gambling, Politics, or Successful Entrepreneurialism? The Orestad Project in Copenhagen6. Harmut H"aussermann and Katja Simons: Facing Fiscal Crisis: Urban Flagship Projects in Berlin7. Guy Baeten: Old Elites in a New City: Restructuring the Leopold Quarter and the Europeanization of Brussels8. Brendan Bartley and Kasey Treadwell Shine: Competitive City: Governance and the Changing Dynamics of Urban Regeneration in Dublin9. Vanessa Redak, Andreas Novy, and Joachim Becker: Modernizing or Polarizing Vienna?10. Arantxa Rodriguez and Elena Martinez: Restructuring Cities: Miracles and Mirages in Urban Revitalization in Bilbao11. Joao Cabral and Berta Rato: Urban Development for Competitiveness and Cohesion: The Expo '98 Urban Project in Lisbon12. Serena Vicari Haddock: Business as Usual: The Naples Business District (Centro Direzionale di Napoli)13. Erik Swyngedouw, Frank Moulaert, and Arantxa Rodriguez: The Contradictions of Urbanizing Globalization