Vertical Relations After the Financial Crisis

  • Oliver Dlabac
  • Marta Lackowska
  • Daniel Kübler
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This chapter explores the dynamics of vertical power relations before and after the financial crisis of 2007, as perceived by city mayors across Europe. Against the thesis of a convergence of intergovernmental relations in the ‘North’ and ‘South’ of Europe, we show how countries from different state traditions have actually followed different paths of decentralisation and centralisation. Differences between North and South persist with regard to not only power relations, but also mayors’ rescaling strategies for enhancing their scope of action. Mayors in the North try to defend their role in the national political system, whereas mayors in the South and East rely heavily on attracting external resources. The investigation of variation within countries suggests that financially troubled cities in the South were more likely to experience a trend towards recentralisation, whereas cities in economic hardship in Central Eastern Europe show signs of complementing their economic rescaling strategy with a political strategy for resisting centralisation.


Mayors Vertical relations Financial crisis Decentralisation Rescaling strategies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oliver Dlabac
    • 1
  • Marta Lackowska
    • 2
  • Daniel Kübler
    • 1
  1. 1.Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau (ZDA)AarauSwitzerland
  2. 2.Wydział Geografii i Studiów Regionalnych, Uniwersytet WarszawskiWarszawaPoland

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