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Municipal Neoliberalism and Municipal Socialism: Urban Political Economy in Latin America

By Benjamin Goldfrank and Andrew Schrank: The following article identifies two different urban policy regimes in Latin America — neoliberal and socialist—and traces their origins to the distinct interests and capacities of local elites and activists in the region’s cities in the mid-to-late twentieth century. While agricultural and commercial interests paid a high price for […]

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The Centrality of the State in Neoliberal Times: Gramsci and beyond

By Peter Mayo: One of the greatest myths being propagated in this contemporary neoliberal scenario is that the nation state is no longer the main force in this period characterized by the intensification of globalization. Deregulation was brought in by governments to expedite the process where various forms of provision, private and formerly public, were […]

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The Regeneration Railway Journey

With New Labour’s era of urban regeneration hitting the spongiform buffers of the Big Society, Owen Hatherley’s Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain surveys the train wreck it has left in its wake. Review by Neil Smith. By Neil Smith: (…) The Cameron-Clegg coalition of naked convenience has little appetite for regeneration policy […]

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Civil society in Latin America: Participatory citizens or service providers?

By Evelina Dagnino: (…) “The recognition of the heterogeneity of civil society is important not only in theoretical terms, as a field of conflict, but is also evident in empirical terms across the continent. From the paramilitary organisations of Colombia to market-oriented NGOs or entrepreneurial foundations in Brazil; from corporatist trade-unions in Argentina to indigenous […]

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Porto Alegre néolibéral : décapitation social-capitaliste des leaders communautaires et limites du New Public Management

Pour Sergio Baierle: “Le Budget Participatif existe encore, on ne peut le nier, mais en tant que parodie. Ses vertus passées lui confèrent une aura, visible dans l’attachement des délégués et conseillers au dispositif. Mais il est manipulé par la municipalité, dans une stratégie mêlant le glamour de la philanthropie et un froid calcul politique. […]

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Participatory Budgeting and the Radical Imagination: In Europe but not in Canada?

By Terry Maley, Abstract: Participatory budgets are recent interventions that have sought to counter neoliberalism in the global south and north. I critically assess the claim that they constitute new democratic spaces in which marginal and poor citizens create practices of self-government based on principles of social justice and democratic deliberation. Tracing the migration of […]

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The Evolving Agenda of ‘Poverty Reduction’: from Structural Adjustment to Universal Competitiveness

By Paul Cammack: (Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA’s 50th ANNUAL CONVENTION “EXPLORING THE PAST, ANTICIPATING THE FUTURE”, New York Marriott Marquis, NEW YORK CITY, NY, USA – 2009-02-15) (…) I share Best’s conclusion that the “new turn to global ethics does not .. significantly challenge the current neo-liberal logic of contemporary global […]

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A Spectacular Eco-Tour around the Historic Bloc: Theorising the Convergence of Biodiversity Conservation & Capitalist Expansion

By Jim Igoe, Katja Neves and Dan Brockington: (…) Once the value of particular ecosystem is revealed, for example an ecosystem’s ability to store carbon, the ecosystem acquires economic value as a service provider or as a non- consumptive resource, as in the case of eco-tourism. The ecosystem thus putatively becomes a source of income for local communities, […]

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The Disappearance of the State from “Livable” Urban Spaces

By Katherine B. Hankins and Emily M. Powers “With 5,000 homes and any number of options to choose from in Atlantic Station there is something for every style, taste and pricerange for people who want to be a part of the exciting residential life in this incredible new community.” http://www.atlanticstation.com/live.php . “(…) In this paper, we argue two interrelated points. First, urban livability as […]

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The Work of Neoliberal Governmentality: Temporality and Ethical Substance in the Tale of Two Dads

By Sam Binkley, Emerson College: Rich Dad Poor Dad is a best selling book on financial advice written by Robert T. Kiyosaki. Originally self-published in 1997 as supporting material for Kiyosaki’s financial advice lectures, and later picked up by Warner Business Books in 2000, the text relates a rich allegorical narrative about the mental hard […]

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What is an American City?

By Michael Katz: “The April 25, 2006, death of Jane Jacobs was one of the events that prompted me to rethink my narrative of recent urban history. If any one person can be anointed patron saint of urban studies, Jacobs deserves the crown. Her 1961 Death and Life of Great American Cities must be the […]

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Le Brésil, ce géant entravé

Un modèle menacé para la dépendance finacière English version here Par Renaud Lambert: En Equateur, grâce à une politique qu’il qualifie de « sociale et solidaire », et qui renforce le rôle de l’Etat, M. Rafael Correa a été réélu dès le premier tour de l’élection présidentielle du 26 avril. Au Panamá, le 3 mai, après le mandat décevant en […]

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Shoreditch and the creative destruction of the inner city

By Benedict Seymour: “Gentrification in London, a city now rated among the most expensive in the world, embodies the drive of a cannibalistic capitalism looking for ways to cut its costs in a period of declining profit rates and deepening national current account deficits: The search for new, cheaper use values (primarily space, but also […]

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Let them eat social capital: Socializing the market versus marketizing the social

By Margaret Somers: “We have seen the enemy and it is us. No longer should we blame neoliberalism’s starvation of the public sector and its privatizing restructuring of the economy for escalating rates of poverty, skyrocketing inequality, or the constriction of democracy. No, it is the fault of your and my delinquency in our bowling […]

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Budgets by the People

Participatory democracy, Brazil-style, is running into problems By Michael Fox “Although the Workers’ Party lost control of the city government in 2004, Mayor Fogaça (who was re-elected last year under the centrist Brazilian Democratic Movement Party) promised to maintain the process. On its 20th anniversary, this year’s assemblies had surprisingly high participation thanks to the […]

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