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New Open-Access Book: Vienna: still a just city?

Aktualisiert: 14. Dez. 2021

Edited by Yuri Kazepov and Roland Verwiebe
The Open-Access Book was published within the Built Environment City Studiesseries of Routledge: Free download here.

This book explores and debates the urban transformations that have taken place in Vienna over the past 30 years and their consequences in policy fields such as labour and housing, political and social participation and the environment. Historically, European cities have been characterised by a strong association between social cohesion, quality of life, economic ambition and a robust State. Vienna is an excellent example for that. In more recent years, however, cities were pressured to change policy principles and mechanisms in the context of demographic shifts, post-industrial transformations and welfare recalibration which have led to worsened social conditions in many cities. Each chapter in this volume discusses Vienna’s responses to these pressures in key policy arenas, looking at outcomes from the context-specific local arrangements. Against a theoretical framework debating the European city as a model of inclusion and social justice, authors explore the local capacity to innovate urban policies and to address new social risks, while paying attention to potential trade-offs.
The book questions and assesses the city’s resilience using time series and an institutional analysis of four key dimensions that characterise the European city model within the context of post-industrial transition: redistribution, recognition, representation and sustainability. It offers a multiscalar perspective of urban governance through labour, housing, participatory and environmental policies, bringing together different levels and public policy types.

Table of Contents
1. Is Vienna still a just city? The challenges of transitions
Yuri Kazepov and Roland Verwiebe


2. Still a red island? Vienna’s electoral geography between stability and change
Elisabetta Mocca and Michael Friesenecker
3. Unlocking the door of the city hall: Vienna’s participatory shift in urban development policy
Byeongsun Ahn and Elisabetta Mocca

4. Affordable housing for all? Challenging the legacy of Red Vienna
Katharina Litschauerand Michael Friesenecker
5. Innovatingsocialhousing? Tracingthesocial in socialhousingconstruction
Michael Friesenecker and Katharina Litschauer

6. Between protection and activation: shifting institutional arrangements and ‘ambivalent’ labour market policies in Vienna
Byeongsun Ahn and Yuri Kazepov
7. Professionalisation, polarisation or both? Economic restructuring and new divisions of labour
Bernhard Riederer, Roland Verwiebe and Byeongsun Ahn

8. Vienna’s urban green space planning: great stability amid global change
Anna-Katharina Brenner, Elisabetta Mocca and Michael Friesenecker
9. Environmental quality for everyone? Socio-structural inequalities in mobility, access to green spaces and air quality
Michael Friesenecker, Bernhard Riederer and Roberta Cucca
10. Vienna´s resilience: between urban justice and the challenges ahead
Roland Verwiebe, Yuri Kazepov, Michael FrieseneckerandByeongsun Ahn

Yuri Kazepov - Department of Sociology, University of Vienna
Roland Verwiebe - Inequality Research and Social Stratification Analysis, University of Potsdam

Byeongsun Ahn - Department of Sociology, University of Vienna
Anna-Katharina Brenner - Institute of Social Ecology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna
Roberta Cucca - Faculty of Landscape and Society, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Michael Friesenecker - Department of Sociology, University of Vienna
Katharina Litschauer - Institute for Sociology and Social Research, Vienna University of Economics and Business
Elisabetta Mocca - Department of Sociology, University of Vienna
Bernhard Riederer - Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences

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