An analysis of ‘global closures’ and ‘national openings’ in the politics of urbanization

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Soininvaara , I 2020 , ' An analysis of ‘global closures’ and ‘national openings’ in the politics of urbanization ' , Geografiska annaler. Ser. B, Human geography , vol. 102 , no. 4 . https://doi.org/10.1080/04353684.2020.1827279

Title: An analysis of ‘global closures’ and ‘national openings’ in the politics of urbanization
Author: Soininvaara, Ilppo
Contributor organization: Department of Geosciences and Geography
Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (Urbaria)
Date: 2020-10-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Geografiska annaler. Ser. B, Human geography
ISSN: 0435-3684
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/04353684.2020.1827279
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/326238
Abstract: In this article, I analyze the politics of urbanization and competitiveness-led state spatial transformations through political narratives. By analyzing empirical material, I search for ways of reasoning and rationalities that disclose the dynamics of the depoliticization and politicization of different spatial transformations of urbanization. Based on extensive interviews, I argue that a general understanding of urbanization as an external, global inevitability and as a force prevails among political elites. This key rationality and other sedimented knowledge duly opens up new political debates on the proper political management of urbanization and national adaptation. The order of reasoning is clear: the political elites argue that the perceived inevitability, common good and state of crisis necessitate national spatial transformations in order to secure the competitiveness of the state. As a result, new spatial hierarchies are forming as an adaptive strategy.
Subject: 1171 Geosciences
CITY
CONSTRUCTION
DEPOLITICISATION
DEPOLITICIZATION
ECONOMY
GOVERNANCE
MACHINE
POLICY
SPACE
STATE
Urbanization
competitiveness
depoliticization
narratives
spatial restructuring
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
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