The post-political meaning of the concept of commons: the regulation of the urban commons in Bologna

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Abstract

© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. While the concept of Commons has acquired politicized meanings, it has also acquired some de-politicized ones. This article analyses a case of de-politicization of this concept, occurring in the city of Bologna, where the City Council has recently adopted the ‘Regulation for the Care and Regeneration of the Urban Commons’. Through an interpretative approach that uses critical discourse analysis, the article illustrates a form of post-politicization of the concept that aims to suture the social space without fully succeeding. The article concludes by stressing the necessity and urgency of the struggle for the politicized meaning of the concept of Commons.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-306
JournalSpace and Polity
Volume22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • Bologna
  • collaborative governance
  • Commons
  • post-political configuration
  • urban commons

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