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Governing ourselves: citizen participation and governance in Barcelona and Manchester

Blakeley, Georgina (2010). Governing ourselves: citizen participation and governance in Barcelona and Manchester. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 34(1) pp. 130–145.

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Barcelona and Manchester have become paradigmatic examples of ‘governance-beyond-the-state’, ‘new localism’ or ‘local state entrepreneurialism’. Whatever the label, citizen participation has become a key feature of governance in each city. This article argues that a useful way of understanding the developing relationship between governance and citizen participation is through the analytical perspective of governmentality. This perspective illuminates two paradoxes that characterize the new governance arrangements in these two European cities. The first paradox is that the power of the state is not necessarily diminished despite the emerging plurality of actors involved in governance. The second paradox lies in the fact that the spread of participatory practices as an integral element of new modes of governance does not necessarily lead to citizen empowerment.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Author
ISSN: 0309-1317
Keywords: citizen participation; governance; governmentality; Barcelona; Manchester
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 22955
Depositing User: Georgina Blakeley
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2010 09:34
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2012 14:17
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