Urban commons and the local state: co-production between enhancement and co-optation

Bianchi, Iolanda, Pera, Marina, Calvet-Mir, Laura, Villamayor, Sergio, Ferreri, Mara, Reguero, Núria and Maestre Andrés, Sara (2022) Urban commons and the local state: co-production between enhancement and co-optation. Territory, Politics, Governance. pp. 1-20. ISSN 2162-2671

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Urban commons have emerged within the latest mobilization cycle, and have developed forms of everyday politics. Marxist and social movement scholars tend to see the urban commons/local state interactions that assemble commons’ material infrastructure as the prelude to commons being co-opted. Governance scholars uphold that these interactions can bring political benefits to the commons. By bridging these two perspectives, this article analyses urban commons/local state interactions that develop in the context of material-assembling practices in the light of what we call ‘commons-led co-production’: processes where commons gain political advantages from this co-production. By studying commons initiatives in two neighbourhoods in two different municipalities in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, we analyse and discuss a spectrum of five positions. We contend that material-assembling practices act as a condition of possibility for developing the everyday politics of the commons, where commons-led co-production can be laid out, in context-specific and variegated ways. However, the arrangement of commons-led co-production does not necessarily guarantee the long-term enhancement of commons’ political action. We conclude by calling for a more nuanced understanding of urban commons/local state interactions within material-assembling practices, one that considers both co-optation and enhancement as possible long-term outcomes of these interactions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This work was supported by the Càtedra Barcelona de Política Econòmica Local de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona.
Uncontrolled Keywords: collective action, co-production, urban movements, local government, protest cycle
Subjects: L200 Politics
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2022 12:13
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2024 03:30
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/50193

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