Bloomberg's New York: Class and Governance in the Luxury City

Bloomberg's New York: Class and Governance in the Luxury City

by Julian Brash
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0820336815

ISBN-13: 9780820336817

Pub. Date: 01/15/2011

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg claims to run the city like a business. In Bloomberg’s New York, Julian Brash applies methods from anthropology, geography, and other social science disciplines to examine what that means. He describes the mayor’s attitude toward governance as the Bloomberg Way—a philosophy that holds up the mayor as CEO,

Overview

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg claims to run the city like a business. In Bloomberg’s New York, Julian Brash applies methods from anthropology, geography, and other social science disciplines to examine what that means. He describes the mayor’s attitude toward governance as the Bloomberg Way—a philosophy that holds up the mayor as CEO, government as a private corporation, desirable residents and businesses as customers and clients, and the city itself as a product to be branded and marketed as a luxury good.

Commonly represented as pragmatic and nonideological, the Bloomberg Way, Brash argues, is in fact an ambitious reformulation of neoliberal governance that advances specific class interests. He considers the implications of this in a blow-by-blow account of the debate over the Hudson Yards plan, which aimed to transform Manhattan’s far west side into the city’s next great high-end district. Bringing this plan to fruition proved surprisingly difficult as activists and entrenched interests pushed back against the Bloomberg administration, suggesting that despite Bloomberg’s success in redrawing the rules of urban governance, older political arrangements—and opportunities for social justice—remain.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820336817
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
01/15/2011
Series:
Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation Series, #6
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
1,114,144
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgments

Introduction
Chapter 1. The Neoliberalization of Governance in New York City
Chapter 2. Electing the CEO Mayor
Chapter 3. Running Government Like a Business
Chapter 4. The Luxury City
Chapter 5. The Bloomberg Way
Chapter 6. Far West Side Stories
Chapter 7. Why the RPA Mattered
Chapter 8. The Logic of Investment
Chapter 9. The Bloomberg Way and Its Others
Conclusion

Notes
References
Index

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