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
- Gabriel Silvestre: Faster, Higher, Stronger Policies: Olympic models and the making of Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games
- Michael Lukas: New Urbanism heads South: The Case of Santiago de Chile
- 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
- Tom Baker: Global models, territorial politics and the formation of homelessness policy initiatives for Australian cities
- Anne Vogelpohl: Consulting Firms – Travel Agents of Neoliberal Urban Policies?
- Jenny Künkel: Travelling Concepts – the Role of Ideology in Transnational Urban Neoliberalization