Quotation Brandtner, Christof, Höllerer, Markus, Meyer, Renate, Kornberger, Martin. 2017. Enacting governance through strategy: A comparative study of governance configurations in Sydney and Vienna. Urban Studies 54 (5), 1075-1091.


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Over the past two decades, research has emphasised a shift from city government to urban governance. Such a shift brings about its very own challenges, namely governance gaps, uncertain configurations in governance and a limited capacity to act. In this paper, we argue that the concurrent rise of strategy documents in city administration addresses these challenges. Our central claim is that strategy documents can be understood as a distinct discursive device through which local governments enact aspired governance configurations. We illustrate our argument empirically using two prominent examples that, while showing similar features and characteristics, are anchored in different administrative traditions and institutional frameworks: the city administrations of Sydney, Australia, and Vienna, Austria. The contribution of the paper is to show how strategy documents enact governance configurations along four core dimensions: the setting in space and time, the definition of the public, the framing of the res publica and legitimacy issues. Moreover, our comparative analysis of Sydney and Vienna gives evidence of differences in governance configurations enacted through strategy documents.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Urban Studies
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, MAN-A, VW-C, WH-B
Language English
Title Enacting governance through strategy: A comparative study of governance configurations in Sydney and Vienna
Volume 54
Number 5
Year 2017
Page from 1075
Page to 1091
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098015624871

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Brandtner, Christof (Former researcher)
Höllerer, Markus (Details)
Meyer, Renate (Details)
Kornberger, Martin (Details)
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Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance FI (Details)
Urban Management and Governance (Meyer) (Details)
Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
Institute for Organization Studies IN (Details)
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