Leading Cities is proud to announce and congratulate Jörg Knieling, Local Coordinator of Leading Cities in Hamburg, and his team members, including Joaquín Rodríguez the Local Coordinator of Leading Cities in Barcelona, for winning the Best Book of the Year Award issued by the Regional Studies Association with their publication “Cities in Crises, Socio-spatial impacts of the economic crisis in Southern European cities.”
This book examines the political and administrative implications of austerity measures applied in southern European cities. These include cuts in local public spending and the process of the privatization of local public assets, as well as issues related to the re-scaling, recentralization or decentralization of city competencies. Attention is paid to the rise of new ‘austerity regimes’, the question of their legitimacy and their spatial manifestations, and in particular, to the social consequences of austerity.
The contributions to this book lay the foundation for recommendations on how to improve and consolidate qualified governance arrangements in order to better address rapid economic and social changes. Such recommendations are applicable to cities and urban regions both within and outside of Europe. The authors identify possible approaches, tools and partnerships to tackle the effects of the crisis and to prepare European cities for future challenges.