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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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Afterword: Into the Pandemic

Afterword: Into the Pandemic

(p.207) Afterword: Into the Pandemic
Between Realism and Revolt

Jonathan S. Davies

Policy Press

The book concludes that in the period preceding COVID-19, five cross-cutting characteristics were prominent in shaping urban political (dis)orders: economic rationalism, weakening hegemony, the retreat to dominance, weak counter-hegemony and acute politicisations. Economic rationalism, administrative dominance and weak counter-hegemony tended to reinforce austere neoliberalism, while weakening hegemony and diminishing co-optive power created space for politicisations. How these pre-existing characteristics evolve will be important determinants of (un)governability as the pandemic, and struggle over its construals, evolve. The afterword reconsiders these themes to highlight issues that could reproduce, amplify or disturb the urban political (dis)orderings discussed in the book.

Keywords:   Regime, Hegemony, Counter-hegemony, Dominance, Rationalism, Politicisations, Pandemic, COVID-19, Post-COVID

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