Urban development, power coalitions and citizens participation in Barcelona: A narrative from a critical geography approach

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Abstract

From a critical geography approach, the article addresses the debate on the characteristics of governance and urban and economic development strategies in Barcelona. It analyzes the gradual reorientation of local policies, from a management and social redistribution approach that began in the eighties, to a policy dominated by image promotion and capital gains from land development. It identifies the turning point in this process, the characteristics of the agents involved and their decision-making dynamics, addressing the changes in marketing and planning narrative since 2010, from the urban to the metropolitan scale. The article concludes with a statement on the need for more inclusive local governance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-75
JournalBoletin de la Asociacion de Geografos Espanoles
Volume70
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Barcelona
  • Critical geography
  • Economic development
  • Governance
  • Urban planning

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