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Title: Towards a cultural political economy (CPE) reading of Medellin's governance : rebuilding and rescaling economic hegemony at the urban level in an age of neoligeralism
Author: Leyva-Botero, Santiago
ISNI:       0000 0004 2721 632X
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis elaborates a framework for developing a Cultural Political Economy (CPE) reading of local governance, which examines in a critical way institutional readings of governance. This 'critical' turn promoted by CPE, advances the literature on urban governance by explaining how the evolution of power relations can be studied through concepts such as 'hegemonic projects' and 'state strategies', 'power-blocs', which explain the evolutionary process faced by governance i'maginaries when they meet the institutional aspects of the state and the economy, as well as the political challenges of building power relations. The fundamental assumption of this work is that by drawing on new categories opened by the 'cultural turn' such as discourse and identities, it will be possible to develop a . fruitful dialogue with urban political theories such as Regime Theory, the Regulation School, the Urban Growth Machine, and the accounts of urban neoliberalisation. Overall, by using CPE, the thesis brings to the analysis of urban governance elements of Critical Discourse Analysis, State Theory (the Strategic-Relational Approach to the ./ State), and the French Regulation School of Political Economy. This framework is used here to analyse the reconstruction of relations of power and moral leadership after the hegemonic crisis that Medellfn suffered in the 1980s. In this way, it is possible to examine the efforts to build a new order, while still analysing the constraining effects of the institutional legacies of the previous form of 'political society'. All in all, this thesis reflects on the strategically selective interactions between governance and the state's relative autonomy, while inscribing both in the wider v process of building global relations of power, and adapting the local economy to a new period of inter-city competition pushed by the process of neoliberalisation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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