Multilevel Urban Governance and the ‘European City’

Discussing Metropolitan Reforms in Stockholm and Helsinki

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  • Nico Giersig

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Urban scholars have come up with very different answers to the question of what the main defining characteristics of urban Europe are and whether they can be described in a distinct ideal-typical model, the ’European City’. In order to fully understand the prevailing political arrangements and ongoing transformations in urban Europe, they have increasingly turned towards ‘multilevel governance approaches’ to conduct more comprehensive and comparative analyses of urban politics and policies. Nico Giersig reflects on these debates and exemplifies the specificities of Nordic cities within Europe as a whole. He accomplishes this by means of a systematic comparison of governance arrangements and their dynamics in two Nordic capital regions.


Neo-Weberianism Neostructuralism Nordic Cities Reform Region urban Europe urban politics

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