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Date: 2019-01-09
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Category: Call for Papers
Subject: CFP for ICPP4: Critical Urban Policy

We invite you to submit paper and session proposals on Critical Urban Policy for presentation at the 4th International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP4) at Concordia University in Montreal from June 26-28, 2019. Proposals are due by January 30th, 2019.  The detailed call for papers is provided below.


Please visit the following link to submit paper proposals: http://www.ippapublicpolicy.org/conference/icpp4-montreal-2019/panel-list/10/panel/critical-urban-policy/814 .


Meghan Joy meghan.joy@concordia.ca

Ronald K. Vogel ron.vogel@politics.ryerson.ca


Call for Papers Critical Urban Policy


There is a serious gap between the policy problems faced by 21st century cities and their proposed solutions, which are often small-scale, siloed and unsustainable. Paradoxically, as cities face the pressures of poverty, unemployment, social and physical infrastructure degradation, and pollution, they are being lauded by other scales of government for their resilience and innovation in solving wicked policy problems.


Critical urban theory and study, situated in the fields of urban geography and politics and exemplified in the seminal texts Cities for People, Not for Profit: Critical Urban Theory and the Right to the City (Brenner et al, 2012) and Critical Urban Studies: New Directions (Davies and Imbroscio, 2010) highlight the failures and inadequacies of neoliberal urban policy and austerity programs characteristic of advanced capitalism. But what is to be done about it? While there may be instances of progressive policy experiments as well as cases of an emerging politics, on the whole, cities today lack progressive politics, visions, agendas, revenue sources, governance processes, implementation protocols, and enforcement mechanisms to address growing social, political, and economic problems.


The tension between problems, solutions, and expectations in status quo urban policy making begs the question: is there a progressive policy alternative for cities that promotes equity, democracy, sustainability, and justice? It is now time for scholars to move beyond critiques of neoliberalism to offer a better future for those who live and work in the city. The objective of this panel on Critical Urban Policy is to examine how policy theory and research can support this agenda.


We welcome both conceptual and case-focused submissions that examine how policy and theory can support efforts to define, build, and action a progressive city in the 21st century. We recognize that the experience of cities in the global south as well as the north offer theoretical insights and practical policy solutions that may move a progressive city agenda forward. We welcome papers that focus on:



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