Urban transformation in Istanbul and Budapest: neoliberal governmentality in the EU's semi-periphery and its limits

Emel Akcali*, Umut Korkut

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

By discussing the variety and variability of urban neoliberal governmentality and its limits in the semiperiphery of the advanced capitalist world, the article aims to explore the embeddedness of neoliberalism at the dawn of the new millennium. Cities that are increasingly becoming parts of the global economy, despite being on the periphery of advanced capitalism, host a myriad of diverse forms of neoliberal governmentality in terms of spatial change. Although responding with enthusiasm to the increasing mobility of capital and the internationalization of investments through gentrification plans, the current transformative efforts of Istanbul and Budapest under two conservative governments indicate, for instance, the re-invention of authoritarianism so that these cities serve the purposes of their national leaders. This development signals a hybrid form of governmentality that combines neoliberalism with illiberal logics and manifests similar processes in different locations despite disparities in scale, local needs and characteristics. The article further argues that since such urban transformations take place within the neo-conservative leaders' battles to acquire cultural and social capital, they create potential to make both metropolises the new rebel cities of Europe, albeit with divergent levels of resistance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-88
Number of pages13
JournalPolitical Geography
Volume46
Early online date16 Jan 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

Keywords

  • public space
  • gentrification
  • neoliberal governmentality
  • neo-authoritarianism
  • right to the city

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