The End of Red Vienna: Recent Ruptures and Continuities in Urban Governance
European Urban and Regional Studies, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 131-144, 2001
Posted: 5 Nov 2005
After decades of corporatist urban governance dominated by social democracy, Vienna is undergoing a process of economic and social restructuring. This process is expressed physically in large urban development projects, Donau City being the most important. Due to the liberlization of the housing market, new private sector actors are increasingly important, influencing decision-making in the Donau City project. In urban planning, in general, growing interest in real estate investment has resulted in new planning procedures incorrectly labelled as bottom-up. In fact, this is a fragmented, privatized, opaque and ad-hoc form of urban governance accompanied by a new elitist hierarchy formed by leaders of the city's administration, business and academic worlds. This new liberal form of governance goes hand in hand with important continuities concerning co-optation, exclusion and conflict avoidance.
Keywords: Urban planning, urban development, local governance, social polarization, Vienna
JEL Classification: R58, R12, R52, H70
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