Growth coalitions and the control of public space

Boros, Lajos: Growth coalitions and the control of public space. In: Belvedere Meridionale, (30) 4. pp. 124-140. (2018)

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Public spaces are contested spaces; various groups compete for their control and to (re)present themselves there to the public. The political and economic changes and global competition transformed the mechanisms of production of spaces in post-socialist countries. New interests and new actors emerged in urban development with strong influence on the processes. They often form formal and informal alliances; growth coalitions to support their interests. This study examines how growth coalitions are related to public spaces in Hungarian cities. These coalitions work differently then those in the US – usually, the state has a more significant role in the European growth coalitions. That is the case in Hungary as well; the state plays a significant role in the formation and operation of pro-growth regimes through legislation and national policies. Furthermore, the paper suggests that post-socialist social conditions are favourable to the emergence of growth coalitions mainly because of the weak civil sector. This means that the power relations between the actors of the local development are highly unbalanced. Global capital and local pro-growth actors are the most influential stakeholders in local policymaking. Local and state legislation and policies are not capable to compensate the ambitions of the investors – moreover, often they support them.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Belvedere Meridionale
Date: 2018
Volume: 30
Number: 4
ISSN: 2064-5929
Page Range: pp. 124-140
Uncontrolled Keywords: Városfejlesztés - Magyarország, Posztszocializmus, Neoliberalizmus
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: p. 135-140. ; ill. ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Date Deposited: 2019. Jan. 25. 14:03
Last Modified: 2019. Sep. 02. 16:06

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