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A Modern Guide to National Urban Policies in Europe
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A Modern Guide to National Urban Policies in Europe

9781839109041 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Karsten Zimmermann, Faculty of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University, Germany and Valeria Fedeli, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, DAStU-Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 904 1 Extent: 368 pp
Written in a clear and concise style, this Modern Guide provide a timely overview and comparison of urban challenges and national urban policies in 13 European countries, addressing key issues such as housing, urban regeneration and climate change. A team of international contributors explore the gap between the rise of international urban agendas and variegated national urban policies, examining whether a more bespoke approach is better than the traditional ‘one size fits all’.

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Written in a clear and concise style, this Modern Guide provides a timely overview and comparison of urban challenges and national urban policies in 13 European countries, addressing key issues such as housing, urban regeneration and climate change. A team of international contributors illustrates how gaps are emerging across Europe due to the significant shifts in urban programmes.

The book provides an in-depth analysis into how the European Union influences policies at a national level within its member states and how these are implemented in terms of scope and objectives. It explores how this results in fewer commonalities between countries and the gap between the rise of international urban agendas and variegated national urban policies, examining whether a more bespoke approach is better than the traditional ‘one size fits all’.

This insightful book will be an important read for researchers of urban studies and public policy as well as scholars with an interest in urban and regional sociology.

Critical Acclaim
‘Karsten Zimmermann and Valeria Fedeli have co-created a landmark text on the changing role of national urban policies in Europe. Many leading scholars in the European Urban Research Association (EURA) contribute their insights and the book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the political struggles now shaping modern city politics.’
– Robin Hambleton, University of the West of England, UK

‘This interesting volume highlights the importance of considering cities as political actors embedded in national urban policies. A much-needed perspective to understand the degrees of freedom cities have in different European countries and their implications.’
– Yuri Kazepov, University of Vienna, Austria

‘Zimmermann and Fedeli’s Modern Guide demonstrates how, despite international encouragement, the promise of bold, nationally-coordinated and intersectoral urban policies is still sadly unfulfilled. Each chapter provides an informative, up-to-date overview of the trajectories, instruments, goals and eventual impacts of national urban policy in 13 countries that will be useful for scholars and practitioners in Europe and beyond.’
– Hilary Silver, George Washington University, US
Contributors
Contributors: J. Carpenter, S. De Gregorio Hurtado, C. Demazière, B. Denters, D. Dragoman, V. Fedeli, M. Finka, H. Heinelt, N. Hertting, M. Husar, J. Krukowska, A. Lidström, S. Moreno Pires, D. Pop, P. Romeiro, J. Ruiz Sánchez, P. Russell, G. Sandkjær Hanssen, C. Stănuș, O. Sykes, K. Szmigiel-Rawska, A. Tallon, F. Teles, B. Williams, K. Zimmermann, P. Żuber


Contents
Contents:

1 National urban policies in Europe – an introduction 1
Valeria Fedeli and Karsten Zimmermann
2 National urban policies in a federal system: the case of Germany 14
Hubert Heinelt and Karsten Zimmermann
3 Acting for cities and towns? The perpetual reinvention of
categories and tools of national urban policies in France 34
Christophe Demazière and Olivier Sykes
4 Irish urban policy: from benign neglect to national
strategic planning 58
Paula Russell and Brendan Williams
5 The unaccomplished quest for urban policies in Italy.
‘Waiting for Godot’ in the country of one hundred cities 87
Valeria Fedeli
6 National urban policies in the Netherlands: an urban renaissance? 103
Bas Denters
7 Becoming urban: the emergence of an urban policy in rural
Norway 127
Gro Sandkjær Hanssen
8 Boosting national urban policies by European integration.
The case of Poland 149
Piotr Żuber, Katarzyna Szmigiel-Rawska and Joanna Krukowska
9 Thirty years of urban policy in Portugal: challenges and
multilevel governance 176
Filipe Teles, Patrícia Romeiro, Sara Moreno Pires
10 Changing urban system, changing urban policy: Romania
since 1989 195
Cristina Stănuș, Daniel Pop and Dragoș Dragoman
11 Urban National Policy in Spain? A diachronic critical
review of four decades of government action 216
Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado and Javier Ruiz Sánchez
12 Multilevel polycentric governance in urban development
policies – national urban policy structure in Slovakia 245
Maros Finka and Milan Husar
13 Limited, fragmented and powerless: national urban policies
in Sweden 268
Anders Lidström and Nils Hertting
14 ‘Places left behind’: national urban policy in the UK –
from boom to slump and recovery? 284
Andrew Tallon
15 National urban policies in Europe: does the EU make the
difference? 306
Valeria Fedeli, Juliet Carpenter and Karsten Zimmermann
16 In search of momentum for national urban policy 320
Karsten Zimmermann and Valeria Fedeli

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