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Book Symposium on Debt Wish

July 28th, 2017 · No Comments

Very happy to see this conversation on Alberta Sbragia’s much under-appreciated Debt Wish in print. Thanks to Kevin Ward for co-editing and all those who contributed. 

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Chapter on “Governance” in “Urban Theory: New critical perspectives”

November 4th, 2016 · No Comments

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Very pleased to be a part of Mark and Kevin’s new book... my contribution is on “governance”

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Short thought piece for my alma mater

June 4th, 2016 · No Comments

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The Life and Death of the Urban Working Class

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A couple of recent opensource contributions…

April 21st, 2016 · No Comments

Sociologica logo Inaudible Politics and the Crisis of Democracy

UP logo Planning for City or Planet?

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Beyond city limits

December 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

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A small contribution to the ongoing debates on “planetary urbanization” with Kurt Iveson. The paper is an extension of the work I’ve done with Kurt developing the notion of the “method of equality”. Our discussion was prompted by the work Neil Brenner and Christian Schmidt have undertaken on the concept.

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2015 AAG CFP: Revisiting Entrepreneurialism: the logics of urban governance in systemic crisis

October 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Harvey’s (1989) outline of entrepreneurial urban governance remains a staple of urban theory. Consensus is that cities – as constrained by neoliberal institutions – must pursue growth above all else, even at the cost of the well-being of some of their citizens (Merrifield, 2014). Urban governance is therefore seen to rely on technocratic or speculative experiments that are designed to make the city a better enabler of market processes (Gibbs, 2013; Karvonen & van Heur, 2014; MacLeod, 2011; Swyngedouw, 2011). Yet we constantly see that urban growth initiatives are not coherent nor bear predicted results. Over time, speculative initiatives can be subject to regime changes and capitalist crisis that render them something other than what was intended. In addition, political actions are now being taken at the municipal level that appear to contravene entrepreneurial dictates. Can such changes make our urban politics something other than entrepreneurial and/or neoliberal?

In recent years a number of significant urban economic and political events have occurred which appear to demand a revision of popular theories of urban governance. They highlight the limits to entrepreneurialism coordinated according to the logics of growth and, paradoxically, the resilience of entrepreneurial practices despite their inability to deliver growth. Entrepreneurial practices appear to be tearing away from their neoliberal justifications, becoming more apparent manifestations of ideological practices. Such events include the raft of municipal bankruptcies that have shaken the financial ordering of cities by ignoring the governmental rules of financial capitalism. They also include events that seem to cast doubt on the strength and scope of neoliberal dictates; where significant increases in city-based minimum wages are now accepted as politically possible and broad-based mobilizations are challenging who has the authority to govern cities.  The logics of entrepreneurialism therefore appear less constraining and/or more easily transcended, even in our so-called post-political times.

This session therefore revisits the political economic condition of urban governance. It examines how urban politics can and have diverged from its entrepreneurial neoliberal condition, and what the implications of such divergences can and might be. Potential topics of papers to be included in the session might include:

  • Theories of urban governance that develop ideas of entrepreneurialism
  • Studies of urban events and processes that challenge dominant understandings of urban governance
  • Attempts to understand urban governance in times of (permanent) political and economic crisis
  • Studies and theories of political confrontation and change in contemporary cities
  • Attempts to comparatively understand the varied experiences of cities in times of crisis

Authors are invited to submit 250 word abstracts to John Lauermann (jlauermann@clarku.edu) and Mark Davidson (mdavidson@clarku.edu), by October 6. Likewise, please feel free to contact us with questions or to discuss potential paper topics.

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Progress in Human Geography paper

June 14th, 2014 · No Comments

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A new paper out, co-written with Kurt Iveson, entitled “Recovering the politics of the cityFrom the ‘post-political city’ to a ‘method of equality’ for critical urban geography” out in Progress in Human Geography

The paper actually preceded our other recently published paper in Space and Polity

This paper uses Jacque Rancière understanding of politics to ask what makes cities political entities. We review existing urban geography debates to identify some of the defining features of urban politics and then subject them to critical questioning: are they actually political? The paper seeks to develop existing interpretations of Rancière’s philosophy within geography to develop his ‘method of equality’ in order to recover the politics of the city. This identifies three necessary components of critical urban scholarship in order that it transcends critique and works towards making democratic politics possible.

If you do not have access to the journal, please email me for a copy

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Blogging about US urban politics

March 26th, 2014 · No Comments

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A short piece for LSE’s USAPP: http://bit.ly/1ru5H6V

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New article on the post-political

March 12th, 2014 · No Comments

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Really happy to see this out… a piece I wrote with the brilliant Kurt Iveson entitled “Occupations, mediations, subjectifications: Fabricating politics” in Space and Polity. The abstract is pasted below. If you do not have access to the journal, please email me for a copy of the paper.

abstract: The revolutions and protests that have spread across the globe since 2008 have been seen as a watershed moment. In this article we examine the relationships between urban space and politics that have emerged across these events. We draw upon the political philosophy of Jacques Rancière to provide a framework to understand some events of this period as political moments and, in addition, attempt to build upon Rancière’s work to trace out the geographical dimensions of politics. The paper concludes with a consideration of the counter-revolutionary projects enacted by current social orders.

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Academic publishing

February 26th, 2014 · No Comments

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Really great read about the business and politics of academic publishing…

http://kingsreview.co.uk/magazine/blog/2014/02/24/how-academia-and-publishing-are-destroying-scientific-innovation-a-conversation-with-sydney-brenner/

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