Mobilizing Alternative Modes of Cultural Governance in Berlin

  • Friederike LandauEmail author
  • Janet Merkel


This chapter explores how political actors constitute themselves and how they intervene in existing urban governance arrangements to enact alternative visions of social and cultural urban development. It draws on empirical studies from Berlin where artists and independent cultural producers have been carving out a space for themselves in governance arrangements to shape alternative ideas of Berlin’s future. Identifying the actor constellations and the resources they mobilize through a lens of conflict and consensus reveals the mechanisms through which stakeholders contested and (re)appropriated the politicized rhetoric of the ‘Creative City.’ The chapter demonstrates how collectivization efforts of cultural workers have differently (re)shaped the political opportunity structures in place to influence and intervene in Berlin’s urban cultural and creative politics.


Creative city Governance Cultural and creative industries Berlin Agonism Urban politics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Metropolitan StudiesTechnical University of BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of SociologyCity, University of LondonLondonUK

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