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IP 6 (Phase II): Cleavages, governance and the media in European metropolitan areas

In recent decades, globalization and the consequent international competition between cities have led to a regionalization process and the emergence of so-called metropolitan areas. Political decision making increasingly has shifted to the local and regional level. There are two different ways in which metropolitan areas across Western European countries have adapted their governance schemes to this development:

In some metropolitan areas new institutions (metropolitan governments) have been created. They are equipped with representative arenas, significant financial resources and with power to formulate and implement area-wide policies. Others have chosen not to create new institutions, but rather to concentrate on re-harnessing the relationships between the wide variety of state and/or private actors that are relevant to policy making in metropolitan areas.

So far, the impact of each model on the democratic quality of policy-making has not been analyzed. The project aims to fill this gap by examining, in a comparative study, metropolitan areas in Switzerland, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. It will do so by focussing on:

(a) the responsiveness of metropolitan policies, i.e. the ways in which preferences and demands are aggregated into policy decisions;
(b) the accountability of metropolitan policy making, i.e. the extent to which responsibility for policy outcomes are attributed to those who actually make the decisions.

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Project leaders:
Prof. Daniel Kübler, University of Zurich
Prof. Frank Marcinkowski, University of Münster

Postdoctoral researcher:

Dr. Anna Christmann, University of Zurich

Ph.D. student:
Karin Hasler, University of Zurich