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Title: Contesting austerity, de-centring the state : anti-politics and the political horizon of the urban
Authors : Beveridge, Ross
Koch, Philippe
et. al : No
Published in : Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Sage
Issue Date: 31-Aug-2019
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Austerity; Anti-politics; Urban movement; City; Local state; Berlin
Subject (DDC) : 320: Politics
Abstract: This article draws novel links between ‘anti-politics’, austerity and a political horizon centred on the urban. Research on anti-politics often invokes a binary understanding of a politics of and within the state and an anti-politics at a distance from or hostile towards the state. This article argues that in the context of austerity, this binary loses traction. Austerity has intensified the transformation towards networked forms of governance within which the state becomes a more hybrid entity of contradictory ideals and practices. Austerity not only calls into question the legitimacy of formal politics because of its devastating social outcomes, it also disaggregates the political authority of the state and opens up a particularly urban terrain of politics. We capture this development by examining the intersections between the local state and the urban field of politics. Looking across the struggles against austerity in Europe, and focusing in more detail on housing politics in Berlin, we assert that the urban is important not only as a setting (as typically argued) but also as the basis for a different rationality of political action in and against austerity. In the context of austerity struggles, state authority becomes ever more contingent and other, more urban, forms of politics advance. In sum, the article contributes to a spatial reading of (anti-)politics against austerity, points to the de-centring of the state in transformative political projects and emphasizes the analytical purchase of a distinctly urban perspective on contemporary politics in Europe.
Departement: Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Urban Landscape (IUL)
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
DOI : 10.1177/2399654419871299
ISSN: 2399-6544
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