Session | Re-ordering the city - Neoliberalization, travelling policies and local context

Session at 32nd International Geographical Congress in Cologne, 26. - 30. August 2012

Chairs: Kevin Ward & Iris Dzudzek

Cur­rent urban trans­for­ma­tion pro­ces­ses, which we sum­ma­rize as the »re‐ordering of cities«, are shaped both by lar­ger pro­ces­ses of socio‐economic restruc­tu­ring as well as by local con­texts. Under con­di­ti­ons of inten­si­fied inter­ur­ban com­pe­ti­tion local poli­ti­cal eli­tes try to shape their cities to meet glo­bal stan­dards. At the same time they incre­a­sin­gly look for inter­na­tio­nal points of refe­rence to solve local pro­blems. In a glo­ba­li­zing world, know­ledge about urban pro­blems and ideas about how to address them tra­vel with incre­a­sing speed. Howe­ver, far from sim­ply being imple­men­ted like a blue print, glo­bally cir­cu­la­ting policy models are selec­tively cho­sen and trans­for­med through exis­ting local dis­cour­ses, actor con­stel­la­ti­ons and socio‐spatial configurations.

In this ses­sion, we would like to dis­cuss how glo­bally cir­cu­la­ting dis­cour­ses and policy models are fed into urban restruc­tu­ring dis­course and prac­tice and how, con­ver­sely, dif­fe­rent urban con­texts shape the adop­tion of glo­bal dis­cour­ses and policy models at the local level. Con­tri­bu­ti­ons should more­over ana­lyze the role of inter­me­dia­ries bet­ween glo­bal dis­cour­ses and local prac­tices as well as the trans­for­ma­tive poten­tial of policy trans­fer. They could address ques­ti­ons like the following:

  • How are glo­bally cir­cu­la­ting models selec­tively cho­sen, trans­for­med and locally re‐imagined?
  • How do new actors and insti­tu­ti­ons of inter­ur­ban policy trans­fer inter­act globally?
  • How do urban social move­ments respond with „glo­cal“ forms of contestation?
  • Which urban pro­blems are con­struc­ted and addres­sed with refe­rence to which pla­ces in the Glo­bal North, South, West or East?
  • Which local dis­cour­ses ren­der glo­bally cir­cu­la­ting policy models plausible?
  • How do they re‐order the city and rear­ti­cu­late new urban forms of governance?
  • How do these local adapta­ti­ons con­test, com­ple­ment or advance a (hege­mo­nic) neo­li­be­ral project?

Ses­sion I — 28.8.2012, 14.00 — 16.00 Uhr, Phil 02

  1. Gabriel Sil­vestre: Fas­ter, Hig­her, Stron­ger Poli­cies: Olym­pic models and the making of Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games
  2. Michael Lukas: New Urba­nism heads South: The Case of San­tiago de Chile
  3. Sha­ha­dat Hos­sain, Md Mus­leh Uddin Hasan, Afsana Haque, Shakil Bin Kas­hem: Poli­tics of Selec­tivity– The pro­cess of Split­ting Dhaka City Corporation

Ses­sion II — 28.8.2012, 16.00 — 18.00 Uhr, Phil 02

  1. Tom Baker: Glo­bal models, ter­ri­to­rial poli­tics and the for­ma­tion of home­l­ess­ness policy initia­ti­ves for Aus­tra­lian cities
  2. Anne Vogelp­ohl: Con­sul­ting Firms – Tra­vel Agents of Neo­li­be­ral Urban Policies?
  3. Jenny Kün­kel: Tra­vel­ling Con­cepts – the Role of Ideo­logy in Trans­na­tio­nal Urban Neoliberalization
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