Global cities, glocal states: State re-scaling and the remaking of urban governance in the European Union [electronic resource] / Neil J. Brenner

Brenner, Neil J
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$a Against the background of recent debates on globalization and the political economy of urban restructuring, this dissertation investigates contemporary transformations of political space in European urban regions. Building upon a theorization of state territoriality derived from the work of the Marxist social theorist Henri Lefebvre, I analyze processes of state spatial restructuring in the contemporary European Union (EU). I argue that the growing significance of urban regions as basing points for global capital accumulation is triggering a “re-scaling” of the territorial state—a reconfiguration of the spatial scales on which state power is organized—rather than its demise, erosion or contraction. The national-developmentalist states of the postwar era, which were oriented towards the “spreading” of capitalist industrial growth evenly on a national scale, are currently being superseded by highly unstable “glocal states” in which divergent urban and regional growth trajectories are actively promoted by state policies at a range of geographical scales. The core goal of contemporary glocal states is to position their major urban regions strategically within supranational and global circuits of capital rather than to redistribute resources or to promote sociospatial solidarity within national borders. On this basis, the mobilization of entrepreneurial forms of urban governance in European city-regions is analyzed as a major political strategy through which “glocalizing” state institutions are attempting to reactivate the productive capacities of strategic locations within their territories, such as global city-regions and industrial districts. Thus understood, global cities represent major institutional arenas in and through which the spatiality of state power is currently being redefined.
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$a I interpret the resurgence of debates on metropolitan governance in the contemporary EU as a constitutive moment within the evolution of glocal state forms. As of the 1990s, I argue, the <italic>regional</italic> scale has become a major locus not only for the mobilization of new entrepreneurial urban strategies but also for the regulation of their basic sociopolitical contradictions, such as enhanced uneven development, intensified sociospatial polarization and unfettered inter-urban territorial competition. Through detailed case studies of recent debates on the introduction of new metropolitan political institutions in two major European city-regions, Frankfurt/Rhine-Main and Greater Amsterdam, I interpret these ongoing transformations of state power as expressions of a &ldquo;politics of scale&rdquo; through which the geographical and scalar organization of the state is becoming a direct object of sociopolitical contestation.
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$a These regional regulatory experiments are interpreted as highly conflictual strategies of crisis-management rather than as the institutional basis for sustainable capitalist growth. Glocal states exacerbate rather than resolve the core sociopolitical contradictions of post-Fordist capitalism by displacing them continually among different levels of state territorial organization.
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Against the background of recent debates on globalization and the political economy of urban restructuring, this dissertation investigates contemporary transformations of political space in European urban regions. Building upon a theorization of state territoriality derived from the work of the Marxist social theorist Henri Lefebvre, I analyze processes of state spatial restructuring in the contemporary European Union (EU). I argue that the growing significance of urban regions as basing points for global capital accumulation is triggering a &ldquo;re-scaling&rdquo; of the territorial state&mdash;a reconfiguration of the spatial scales on which state power is organized&mdash;rather than its demise, erosion or contraction. The national-developmentalist states of the postwar era, which were oriented towards the &ldquo;spreading&rdquo; of capitalist industrial growth evenly on a national scale, are currently being superseded by highly unstable &ldquo;glocal states&rdquo; in which divergent urban and regional growth trajectories are actively promoted by state policies at a range of geographical scales. The core goal of contemporary glocal states is to position their major urban regions strategically within supranational and global circuits of capital rather than to redistribute resources or to promote sociospatial solidarity within national borders. On this basis, the mobilization of entrepreneurial forms of urban governance in European city-regions is analyzed as a major political strategy through which &ldquo;glocalizing&rdquo; state institutions are attempting to reactivate the productive capacities of strategic locations within their territories, such as global city-regions and industrial districts. Thus understood, global cities represent major institutional arenas in and through which the spatiality of state power is currently being redefined.
I interpret the resurgence of debates on metropolitan governance in the contemporary EU as a constitutive moment within the evolution of glocal state forms. As of the 1990s, I argue, the <italic>regional</italic> scale has become a major locus not only for the mobilization of new entrepreneurial urban strategies but also for the regulation of their basic sociopolitical contradictions, such as enhanced uneven development, intensified sociospatial polarization and unfettered inter-urban territorial competition. Through detailed case studies of recent debates on the introduction of new metropolitan political institutions in two major European city-regions, Frankfurt/Rhine-Main and Greater Amsterdam, I interpret these ongoing transformations of state power as expressions of a &ldquo;politics of scale&rdquo; through which the geographical and scalar organization of the state is becoming a direct object of sociopolitical contestation.
These regional regulatory experiments are interpreted as highly conflictual strategies of crisis-management rather than as the institutional basis for sustainable capitalist growth. Glocal states exacerbate rather than resolve the core sociopolitical contradictions of post-Fordist capitalism by displacing them continually among different levels of state territorial organization.
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Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 60-08, Section: A, page: 3159.
Adviser: William Sewell, Jr.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--The University of Chicago, 1999.
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