Trans-urban Networks of Learning, Mega Events and Policy Tourism: The Case of Manchester's Commonwealth and Olympic Games Projects

Cook, Ian and Ward, Kevin (2011) Trans-urban Networks of Learning, Mega Events and Policy Tourism: The Case of Manchester's Commonwealth and Olympic Games Projects. Urban Studies, 48 (12). pp. 2519-2535. ISSN 0042-0980

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098011411941

Abstract

This paper argues for a rethinking of our understanding of what and where go into the ‘urban’ in the New Urban Politics (NUP). It contends that these issues have always been more complex, complicated and, most importantly, contested than has sometimes appeared to be the case in the literature. Using the example of one trans-urban policy learning network—that around the city of Manchester’s bids for the Olympic and Commonwealth Games—the paper makes the case for taking seriously the politics around comparison and referencing in making possible the NUP. It argues that there is a need to study the circuits, networks and webs in and through which urban knowledge and learning are constituted and moved around, and that often underpin the territorial outcomes that have been the traditional focus of scholars working on the NUP.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
L200 Politics
L300 Sociology
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2011 12:30
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 13:56
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3972

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