European cities are on the rise, and are taking advantage of the opportunities of the European integration and globalization processes. But they also face economic changes, social inequalities, poverty and a new set of constraints. Taking examples through the European Union, European Cities explores the impact of the transformation of the nation states on cities and the change of local societies and local governments. It argues that new modes of urban governance are
emerging, and that cities are becoming collective actors within European governance.
European Cities shows why and how the bulk of European cities still appear to be original forms of compromise, aggregation, representation of diverse interests, and culture. Different modes of governance are gradually being structured in most middle size European cities despite processes of social exclusion segregation accompanied by the increased mobility of some citizens. Are Europeans going to invent a new form of institutionalized and territorialized capitalism, of which medium-sized
European cities will be one of the pillars and one of the actors ? Failing that, the effects of changing scales could be expressed as profound transformations of the European urban model.
The work will interest academics, students, policy-researchers and practitioners in the fields of local governance, sociology and European studies. KnowEurope Overall, this book provides a comprehensive account of the often contradictory dynamics which affect cities in Europe and a particularly useful framework for further analysis of European local societies. It represents a well-documented and interesting analysis that can meet the interest of those academics and social scientists who pay attention to the phenomenon of the 're-emergence of territories' and it is highly recommended for graduate students from diverse scientific fields and policymakers operating at various territorial levels. Environment and Planning Patrick Le Gales's excellent book - which focuses on medium-sized cities, the backbone of urban Europe - represents an important contribution to the debate. Environment and Planning There is probably no other author who has such a broad background knowledge necessary for this intellectual endeavour, as Le Gales ... This book is irreplaceable for all who want to discuss the future of the European city on a profound scientific basis. DISP 153
Part I : European cities within European societies
The long history of the European city
Part II : A 'historical interlude for European cities'?
The loosening grip of the state and the redistribution of authority within the European Union: a new set of parameters to structure modes of urban governance
European cities: a more diverse but robust social structure within eroding national societies
Social and political actors within European cities and the making or urban modes of governance
Cities as incomplete societies: actors and regulations
Dynamic mayors and restructured City councils