This book will be published in the Built Environment City Studies series by Routledge


Our point of departure is that some cities are more able than others to innovate their policies and to reduce the gap between the emerging inequalities and economic competitiveness. The capacity of reduce this gap could also be interpreted as a measure of possible resilience. Yet, the question as to why these differences emerge in European cities is an ongoing debated to which this book wants to contribute to.

Against this background, the contributions included in the volume focus on the transformations that have taken place in the last 30 years in Vienna, and their consequences in different urban policy fields: labour- and housing policies, political and social participation, and environmental policies.

Socially inclusive forms of urban development in Vienna date back to the experiment of local socialism in the 1920s, which continued within the framework of the corporatist welfare regime that characterised Austria in the post-war period. However, since 1989, Vienna has undergone a deep transition, and the balance between social cohesion and economic interests that once characterised its institutional architecture has been challenged.

Each chapter in this volume discusses the city’s responses to structural problems in key policy arenas, of which particular outcomes ensued from the context-specific local arrangements. The authors explore the local capacity to innovate urban policies and to address new social risks, while paying attention to potential trade-offs.

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Other Cities in the Series

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