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New Trends in Bottom-Up Urbanism and Governance—Reformulating Ways for Mutual Engagement Between Municipalities and Citizen-Led Urban Initiatives

  • Rosa Danenberg
  • Tigran Haas
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Abstract

This chapter addresses how bottom-up urbanism relates to urban governance in Europe. The recent proliferation of bottom-up urban initiatives contrasts with the conventional system of top-down planning. This chapter includes eight examples of bottom-up initiatives from Stockholm, Sweden, and Istanbul, Turkey. Three conclusions can be drawn: first, the discrepancy between organizational structures, a hierarchical governmental structure, and the dominance of politics create missing links in the relationship between municipalities and citizen-led urban initiatives; second, new governance arrangements alone are not enough to create opportunities for citizens to partake in participatory methods and to be involved in decision-making processes; third, the political perspective of social innovation reformulates mutual engagement by introducing political liaisons, such as municipal guides or neighborhood councils.

Keywords

Bottom-up urban development Urban governance Social innovation Istanbul Stockholm 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosa Danenberg
    • 1
  • Tigran Haas
    • 1
  1. 1.KTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

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