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Globalization and urban governance in Istanbul

Abstract

Since the 1980s, the topic of governance has been extensively investigated in parallel with the effects of globalization on policy issues. Meanwhile, there has been an increasing fragmentation of responsibilities in the urban arena. Now, the main focus is on new institutional relations and the policy process in which different constituents and agencies participate at both the national and the local level. As a result of the rescaling process of the state, networked forms of governance constitute a new form of politics. The changing governance structure in Istanbul, as in many other cities, is shaped by the interaction of economic and institutional factors, which are mediated through political, cultural and other contextual forces. To demonstrate that global forces influence urban management systems, this article describes the increasing participation of the private sector in urban development in Istanbul. An evaluation of urban governance is made to ascertain whether the concept of governance can explain the urban management model prevailing in Istanbul.

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Uzun, C.N. Globalization and urban governance in Istanbul. J Housing Built Environ 22, 127–138 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10901-006-9069-y

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Keywords

  • Globalization
  • Urban governance
  • Urban development projects
  • Istanbul