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Between Participation and Collective Action: From Occasional Liaisons towards Long-Term Co-Management for Urban Resilience

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Schauppenlehner-Kloyber, Elisabeth; Penker, Marianne
Journal: Sustainability
Volume: 8
Date: 2016
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10100
Sector: Urban Commons
Region: Europe
Subject(s): urban commons
cities and towns
collective action
Abstract: "For resilience building, cities need to foster learning and innovation processes among all actors in order to develop transformative capacities of urban governance regimes to manage extraordinary situations as well as continuous change. A close collaboration of urban governmental actors and citizens is, therefore, of high importance. This paper explores two different discourses on urban governance: participation and self-organized collective action for the management of the commons. Both address the involvement of citizens into governance, albeit from different perspectives: on the one hand from the viewpoint of the government, selectively handing some of its power over to citizens, on the other hand from the perspective of citizens who self-organize for a collective management of urban commons. Based on experiences in the Austrian city of Korneuburg, it is argued that the collective action literature may help overcome some of the self-criticisms and shortcomings of the participation discourse. More specifically, Elinor Ostrom’s design principles for the management of the commons provide valuable input to overcome restrictions in thinking about citizen participation and to effectively design institutions for long-term urban co-management."

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