Cities in europe. From City-States to State Cities, and into Union and Globalization

11 mai 2010

Le Galès Patrick and Göran Therborn (2009). “Cities in europe. From City-States to State Cities, and into Union and Globalization”, Working papers du Programme Villes & territoires, 2009/4, Paris, Sciences Po

Is there still something which may be called the European (type of) city? If so, what would be its current characteristics? And is it sustainable? The answer is rather positive: there still seems to something specific to European cities. And it looks sustainable for the foreseeable future. European cities make a fairly general category of urban space, relatively original forms of compromise, aggregation of interest and culture which brings together local social groups, associations, organized interests, private firms and urban governments. The pressures created by property developers, major groups in the urban services sector, and cultural and economic globalization processes, provoke reactions and adaptation processes of actors, including active public policies, within European cities, defending the idea of a fairly particular type of city that is not yet in terminal decline. The modernized myth of the European city remains a very strongly mobilized resource, and is strengthened by growing political autonomy and transverse mobilizations.

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