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Neoliberalism and the Urban
Neoliberalism and the Urban
Margit Mayer
Introduction

To understand how neoliberalism has affected the urban, we draw primarily on political-economic and Foucauldian perspectives, as these, together, go a long way towards explaining how the neoliberal project has been continually reworked and contested in various spheres of life (Mayer and Künkel, 2012; Peck et al., 2013). The conceptualization of ‘neoliberalization’ proposed by Brenner, Peck and Theodore (cf. their chapter in this Handbook) highlights the instability and evolving nature of neoliberal regimes of accumulation and modes of regulation, as well as the relational interconnections between neoliberalizing spaces – from neighbourhoods, cities and regions all the way to nation states and multinational zones – within a transnational governance system, and is ...

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