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The Urban Political

Ambivalent Spaces of Late Neoliberalism

  • Theresa Enright
  • Ugo Rossi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Theresa Enright, Ugo Rossi
    Pages 1-24
  3. Theorizing the Urban Political

  4. Materializing the Urban Political

  5. Governing the Urban Political

  6. Re-politicizing the Urban Political

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 269-272

About this book


This book examines the political and economic trajectories of cities following the 2008 financial crisis. The authors claim that in this era—which they dub "late neoliberalism"—urban spaces, institutions, subjectivities, and organizational forms are undergoing processes of radical transformation and recomposition. The volume deftly argues that the urban political horizon of late neoliberalism is ambivalent; marked by many progressive mobilizations for equality and justice, but also by regressive forces of austerity, exploitation, and domination. 


Urban Geography Political Geography Urban Studies Urban Politics Urban Theory Global Cities Neoliberalism Late Neoliberalism Urban Governance Political Processes Post-political

Editors and affiliations

  • Theresa Enright
    • 1
  • Ugo Rossi
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.University of TurinTurinItaly

About the editors

Theresa Enright is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her primary research interests are in the fields of critical theory, metropolitan politics, and urban political economy. 

Ugo Rossi is Senior Researcher in Political and Economic Geography at the Università di Torino, Italy. He is the author (with A. Vanolo) of Urban Political Geographies: A Global Perspective (2012) and Cities in Global Capitalism (2017).


Yousuf Al-Bulushi, assistant professor of urban peace studies in the Center for Geographies of Justice at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Niccolò Cuppini, research fellow in Social Research at SUPSI (Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana) in Switzerland.

Mark Davidson, associate professor of geography at Clark University, USA.

Iris Dzudzek, post-doctoral researcher and teacher in human geography at Goethe-University Frankfurt A. M, Germany.

Theresa Enright, assistant professor of political science and senior fellow at the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Crispian Fuller, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University, Wales (UK). 

Kurt Iveson, associate professor of urban geography at the University of Sydney, Australia. 

Felipe Magalhães, professor of economic geography at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Colin McFarlane, professor in Urban Geography at Durham University, UK.

Walter Nicholls, associate professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine, USA.

Joe Penny, PhD candidate at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, UK.

Matteo Rizzo, senior lecturer in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London, UK.

Ugo Rossi, university researcher in Political and Economic Geography at the Università di Torino, Italy. 

Jonathan Silver, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Urban Institute, University of Sheffield, UK.

Justus Uitermark, associate professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Anne Vogelpohl, postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Geography at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Bibliographic information


“This is a vital statement of both the centrality of the urban in political relations and—more crucially—its democratic possibilities in late neoliberalism. The volume warrants careful engagement by scholars across a number of disciplines seeking to better understand the lifeblood, potentialities, and frontiers of critical urban theory today.” (David Imbroscio, University of Louisville, author of Urban America Reconsidered: Alternatives for Governance and Policy)

“Sensitive to different understandings of the urban political, theoretically sophisticated, and richly informed by case studies from four continents, this collection will be invaluable to urbanists and students of contemporary politics.” (Warren Magnusson, University of Victoria, author of Politics of Urbanism: Seeing Like a City)

“The Urban Political provides a grounded investigation of what the editors call ‘late neoliberalism,’ with a more general focus on the meaning of the political against the background of contemporary urban dynamics. Cutting across several disciplinary fields, this book makes a trailblazing contribution to urban studies. It invites us to explore new continents of political activity opened up by the insurgent actions of social movements and urban struggles, while at the same time taking into account the full-fledged political nature of neoliberal forms of governmentality often deemed as ‘post-political.’” (Sandro Mezzadra, University of Bologna, co-author of Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor)