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State, strategy, and scale in the competitive city: A neo-Gramscian anlaysis of the governance of 'global Sydney'

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In this paper I argue that a neo-Gramscian strategic relational approach (SRA) offers the relational and constructivist perspectives necessary to enhance our concrete and theoretical understandings of urban governance. Moreover, I argue for the utility of using discourse as a productive entry point for neo-Gramscian analysis. Taking a discursive approach to a case study of the governance of 'global Sydney' since the mid-1990s, I explore how engaging a neo-Gramscian SRA can connect theoretically informed explanation of the practical accomplishment of urban governance to its broader politico-economic embeddedness and to the territoriality of the state. I explore how the activation of Sydney's governance via the hegemonic project of producing the 'competitive city' is shaping a contingent and scaled state form-with a specific (and scaled) institutional form, regime of representation, and range of interventions. Additionally, I consider how counterhegemonic claims and currents shape this process. The relational and constructivist perspectives of the neo-Gramscian SRA ensure that, at all times, urban governance is understood both as a multiscalar production and as a political construction. The result of neo-Gramscian analysis, then, is more theoretically informed and theoretically informative studies of the situated practice of urban governance.

Publication Date


  • 2004

Citation


  • McGuirk, P. M. (2004). State, strategy, and scale in the competitive city: A neo-Gramscian anlaysis of the governance of 'global Sydney'. Environment and Planning A, 36(6), 1019-1043. doi:10.1068/a36131

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-2942641860

Start Page


  • 1019

End Page


  • 1043

Volume


  • 36

Issue


  • 6

Abstract


  • In this paper I argue that a neo-Gramscian strategic relational approach (SRA) offers the relational and constructivist perspectives necessary to enhance our concrete and theoretical understandings of urban governance. Moreover, I argue for the utility of using discourse as a productive entry point for neo-Gramscian analysis. Taking a discursive approach to a case study of the governance of 'global Sydney' since the mid-1990s, I explore how engaging a neo-Gramscian SRA can connect theoretically informed explanation of the practical accomplishment of urban governance to its broader politico-economic embeddedness and to the territoriality of the state. I explore how the activation of Sydney's governance via the hegemonic project of producing the 'competitive city' is shaping a contingent and scaled state form-with a specific (and scaled) institutional form, regime of representation, and range of interventions. Additionally, I consider how counterhegemonic claims and currents shape this process. The relational and constructivist perspectives of the neo-Gramscian SRA ensure that, at all times, urban governance is understood both as a multiscalar production and as a political construction. The result of neo-Gramscian analysis, then, is more theoretically informed and theoretically informative studies of the situated practice of urban governance.

Publication Date


  • 2004

Citation


  • McGuirk, P. M. (2004). State, strategy, and scale in the competitive city: A neo-Gramscian anlaysis of the governance of 'global Sydney'. Environment and Planning A, 36(6), 1019-1043. doi:10.1068/a36131

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-2942641860

Start Page


  • 1019

End Page


  • 1043

Volume


  • 36

Issue


  • 6