Quotation Kornberger, Martin. 2012. Governing the City: From Planning to Urban Strategy. Theory Culture and Society. 29 (2), 84-106.




Strategy frames the contemporary epistemological space of urbanism: major cities across the globe such as New York, London and Sydney invest time, energy and resources to craft urban strategies. Extensive empirical research projects have proposed a shift towards a strategic framework to manage cities. This theoretical curiosity is reflected in the rising interest in urban strategy from practice. For instance, the World Bank regularly organizes an Urban Strategy Speaker Series, while the powerful network CEOs for Cities lobbies for a strategic approach to urban development. Critical scholars such as Zukin diagnose not a shift in but a shift to strategic thinking in the contemporary city. This article poses the question: what makes strategy such an attractive ‘thought style’ in relation to imagining and managing cities? How can we understand the practice of urban strategy? And what are its intended and unintended consequences? The objective of this article is to analyse strategy as a socio-political practice that shapes cities, and by extension, society at large.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Theory Culture and Society
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new WH-B
Language English
Title Governing the City: From Planning to Urban Strategy
Volume 29
Number 2
Year 2012
Page from 84
Page to 106
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177%2F0263276411426158
Open Access N


Urban Strategies of Lifestyle Cities
Kornberger, Martin (Details)
Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance FI (Details)
Urban Management and Governance (Meyer) (Details)
Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
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