Urban governance and regeneration policies in historic city centres: Madrid and Barcelona

Ismael Blanco, Jordi Bonet, Andres Walliser

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In this article we seek to analyse and compare the models of regeneration of the city centres of Barcelona and Madrid in the light of the transformation of urban governance in Spain. New ways of network governance are emerging in European cities and Madrid and Barcelona are no exception. Urban policies are evolving towards the creation of more integrated strategies for regeneration that involve not only multiple public stakeholders, but also private actors including social and community organizations. Despite both cities showing some common trends, the analysis reveals significant differences between the two cities, both in terms of the composition and the dynamics of the governance networks, and the priorities and strategies for regeneration. The article concludes by discussing the possible explanatory factors for such differences and their political implications. © 2011 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-343
JournalUrban Research and Practice
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011


  • Integrated approach
  • Network governance
  • Participation
  • Urban regeneration


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