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

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Vanessa Redak

Österreichische National Bank

Johannes Jaeger

University of Applied Sciences Vienna

Andreas Novy

Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration

Alexander Hamedinger

Vienna University of Technology

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Redak, Vanessa and Jaeger, Johannes and Novy, Andreas and Hamedinger, Alexander, 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, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=833126

Vanessa Redak (Contact Author)

Österreichische National Bank ( email )

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Johannes Jaeger

University of Applied Sciences Vienna ( email )

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Vienna, A-1020
Austria

Andreas Novy

Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

Welthandelsplatz 1
Vienna, Wien 1020
Austria

Alexander Hamedinger

Vienna University of Technology

Wien 1040
Austria

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