Remunicipalization in German cities: contesting neo-liberalism and reimagining urban governance?

Becker, S., Beveridge, R. and Naumann, M. (2015) Remunicipalization in German cities: contesting neo-liberalism and reimagining urban governance? Space and Polity, 19(1), pp. 76-90. (doi:10.1080/13562576.2014.991119)

Becker, S., Beveridge, R. and Naumann, M. (2015) Remunicipalization in German cities: contesting neo-liberalism and reimagining urban governance? Space and Polity, 19(1), pp. 76-90. (doi:10.1080/13562576.2014.991119)

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Abstract

After two decades of widespread privatization, German municipalities have started to re-purchase privatized companies. At the same time, social movements are campaigning for remunicipalization, promoting it as a means of achieving greater urban democracy, though these objectives are often divergent from those of municipalities concerned with reasserting local state autonomy. With reference to Berlin, the paper discusses how remunicipalization campaigns might contribute to post-neo-liberal urban governance. It presents a preliminary frame for developing progressive remunicipalization movements centred on three elements of contestation: rejection of neo-liberalism; connection to other and broader struggles; and commoning as an alternative form of urban governance.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Beveridge, Dr Ross
Authors: Becker, S., Beveridge, R., and Naumann, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Space and Polity
Publisher:Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
ISSN:1356-2576
ISSN (Online):1470-1235

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