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K. Dowding, A. Tallon, K. Ward, G. Bridge & S. Watson

In: The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies

Part II: Urban Entrepreneurialism, Branding, Governance

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Urban Entrepreneurialism, Branding, Governance
Urban Entrepreneurialism, Branding, Governance

In the classic ‘regime’ model of urban governance forging a consensus, was primarily a matter of effective coalition building. Those in power rarely questioned the desirability of embracing economic growth as the engine that kept economies humming. Nevertheless, politicians were compelled to nurture and solidify coalitions of interest in order to successfully promote development (Dowding, 2001). With the collapse of managerialism and the emergence of the neoliberal city, the essentials of urban governance needed to be reinvented. Broadly, there was as a consensus that politicians and planners had to be much more innovative and entrepreneurial, ‘willing to explore all kinds of avenues through which to alleviate their distressed condition and thereby secure a better future for their ...

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