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Who makes the (new) metropolis? Cross-border coalition and urban development in Paris


  • Federico Savini


In fragmented agglomerations, urban development in peripheral areas tends to express the hegemony of the core city over its suburbs. However, this paper demonstrates that, despite deep-rooted political conflicts, intermunicipal cooperation can still take place in the context of cross-border development. I argue that cross-border development has a political and economic logic that is driven by a different power configuration in the metropolis: cross-border coalitions. These coalitions emerge when the redevelopment of areas around municipal borders provides an opportunity for political interests to strengthen their electoral alliances and for business interests to exploit possibilities of growth. This paper investigates urban development in Paris North East, an area on the periphery of Paris that crosses municipal boundaries. It examines how a coalition of public and private actors is cooperating based on the shared benefits they can derive from developments in this area. The case study captures the complex political and economic dynamics driving intermunicipal cooperation by examining the role of local political coalitions, their link with planning agencies, and the behavior of emergent metropolitan entrepreneurs. Keywords: intermunicipal cooperation, metropolitan governance, large-scale development projects

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  • Federico Savini, 2012. "Who makes the (new) metropolis? Cross-border coalition and urban development in Paris," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 44(8), pages 1875-1895, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:44:y:2012:i:8:p:1875-1895

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