The Globalized City: Economic Restructing and Social Polarization in European Cities

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This book explores the dynamics that have accompanied the implementation of large-scale Urban Development Projects (UDPs) in nine European cities within the European Union (EU). The principal aim is to show how the production of these new urban spaces is actually also part of the production of a new polity, a new economy, and new forms of living urban life that are not very promising for a socially harmonious and just future for metropolitan urban Europe.

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University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain

University of Oxford

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
List of Plates
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 'The World in a Grain of Sand': Large-Scale Urban Development Projects and the Dynamics of 'Glocal' Transformations 9
2 Urban Restructuring, Social-Political Polarization and New Urban Policies 29
3 Large-Scale Urban Development Projects, Urban Dynamics, and Social Polarization: A Methodological Reflection 47
4 The Olympic Village: A Redevelopment Marathon in Greater Athens 65
5 Gambling Politics or Successful Entrepreneurialism? The Orestad Project in Copenhagen 91
6 Facing Fiscal Crisis: Urban Flagship Projects in Berlin 107
7 Old Elites in a New City: Restructuirng the Leopold Quarter and the Europeanization of Brussels 125
8 Competitive City: Governance and the Changing Dynamics of Urban Regeneration in Dublin 145
9 Modernizing or Polarizing Vienna? 167
10 Restructuring Cities: Miracles and Mirages in Urban Revitalization in Bilbao 181
11 Urban Development for Competitiveness and Cohesion: The Expo 98 Urban Project in Lisbon 209
12 Business as Usual: The Naples Business District (Centro Direzionale de Napoli) 229
13 The Contradictions of Urbanizing Globalization 247
Index 267
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