New municipalism in action or urban neoliberalisation reloaded? An analysis of governance change, stability and path dependence in Madrid (2015–2019)
EntityUAM. Departamento de Ciencia Política y Relaciones Internacionales
PublisherUrban Studies Journal Limited
10.1177/0042098020925345Urban Studies 57.8 (2020): 1-17
Funded byThis research was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under the Grant number CSO2015-68314-P
ProjectGobierno de España. CSO2015-68314-P
Subjectsausterity governance; Madrid; neoliberalism; new municipalism; Spain; urban governance; Derecho
Rights© 2020 Urban Studies Journal Limited
Esta obra está bajo una licencia de Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial 4.0 Internacional.
Local politics in Spain has triggered iconic shifts over the last few years, and the electoral success of new ‘movement parties’ in particular has dramatically challenged the political establishment. Between 2015 and 2019, many municipalities – including, crucially, the two biggest cities, Madrid and Barcelona – were governed by coalitions originating from anti-austerity, anti-eviction and pro-democracy struggles. This has significantly affected hegemonic and widely normalised discourses supporting the neoliberalisation of urban politics, and to some extent has also prompted novel governance approaches. Based on empirical research undertaken with local councillors, officials, consultants and activists, the article develops an in-depth analysis of governance transformations in the Spanish capital of Madrid. By doing so, it evaluates the ambiguities and contradictions that the government coalition Ahora Madrid was facing during the 2015–2019 legislative term. The debate stimulates critical reflections for academics, practitioners and movements on the transformative capacities that new municipalisms may enact, as well as the constraints faced by established multi-level urban governance regimes.
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