Urban Governance and the lost of urban coherence

Principles and ideas of urban planning have changed during the last 20 years. Global competition and the world wide neoliberal model of economics have created new forms of urban governance, new forms of public private partnerships in urban development projects, new types of business improvement districts and so on. The coherence of urban environments results from complex interacting systems. In this process, the neoliberalising city runs the risk to loose its social and also functional and physical coherence. Gated communities for the rich and powerful on one hand and marginalized settlements on the other hand are the result. The proposed paper discusses different aspects of the growing privatization of urban functions and the problems of urban governance in areas of limited statehood.

Prof. Dr. Hans Gebhardt
Department of Geography
University of Heidelberg