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Between Realism and RevoltGoverning Cities in the Crisis of Neoliberal Globalism$
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Jonathan Davies

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529210910

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529210910.001.0001

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The ‘Activity of Ruling Groups’: Containment, De-mobilisation and Fragmentation

The ‘Activity of Ruling Groups’: Containment, De-mobilisation and Fragmentation

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Between Realism and Revolt

Jonathan S. Davies

Policy Press

This chapter considers the problem of containment, de-mobilisation and fragmentation, dimensions of urban governance that mitigate against both antagonistic and constructive modes of resistance. This endeavour casts light on a number of issues: first, the means by which urban regimes contain and enclose resistance, and insulate themselves from potential impacts; second, the chilling and divisive effects of social partnership traditions; third, the structural and institutional limitations on regime transition through the new municipalism; and finally, the recuperative power of neoliberalising and reactionary forces, consolidated through Syriza in Greece and Britain’s Conservatives in the struggle over Brexit.

Keywords:   Resistance, Containment, Defeat, Recuperation, Partnership, New Municipalism

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