The right to the city: new challenges, new issues

Venue: Klosterhotel

Location: Vadstena, Sweden

Event Date/Time: Oct 11, 2008 End Date/Time: Oct 15, 2008
Registration Date: Jun 06, 2008
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Chair: Professor Bernard Jouve, Universite de Lyon, FR
Co-chair: Dr. Mark Purcell, University of Washington, US

As it has been largely documented, modern states are facing political rescaling processes in which the roles and functions of the different levels of government are evolving. Thus city-regions are becoming central economic and political territories in which a new division of labour is occurring between the states and the local authorities. This tendency has been particularly analysed by the economic literature but also by geography, sociology and political science. At the same time, there is a large literature on the general tendency towards the pluralization of urban decision systems in different institutional, cultural, political and economic contexts. To say it briefly, these processes (i.e. political rescaling and participative democracy at local level) generate a new “right to the city”: the capacity to influence the agendas of urban public institutions by using “appropriate” demands based on the formulation of rights recognized as legitimate by urban institutions. The on-going process of the constitution of an “urban citizenship” involves a set of social demands which are, by definition, contradictory in that sense that the “right to the city” must be linked to the social groups and classes using it in order to organize themselves, to generate collective identity and collective action. The work program of the Conference addresses a number of empirical subjects, all vectors of a “right to the city”. Its objective is to compare the effects of these dynamics on the content of urban policies and on the transformation of citizenship regimes.

ESF Research Conferences provide the opportunity for the world's leading scientists and other participants, including young researchers, to meet informally for discussions at the highest level on the most recent developments in their fields of research. They act as a catalyst for creating new synergistic contacts throughout Europe and the rest of the world. This conference will be of interest to academic and policy researchers in the field of higher education and to researchers in other relevant social science fields, e.g. science policy, regional development, governance, social equity.