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Contesting and re-negotiating the national in French cities: examining policies of governance, Europeanisation and co-option in Marseille and Lyon

Downing, Joseph (2015) Contesting and re-negotiating the national in French cities: examining policies of governance, Europeanisation and co-option in Marseille and Lyon. Fennia – International Journal of Geography, 193 (2). pp. 185-197. ISSN 1798-5617

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Identification Number: 10.11143/45243

Abstract

The past decade has seen a dynamic and contradictory treatment of difference in French policy-making, both nationally and locally. However, the means by which local difference orientated policies redefine the national is understudied. This article bridges this gap with a case study analysis of Marseille and Lyon to assess and typologize the ways that difference is deployed in local policy to influence, contest and negotiate the discursive performance and construction of the nation. Of particular importance here are modes of municipal governance, the influence of European government and the co-option of local voluntary groups into policy. This article concludes that both Marseille and Lyon provide rich examples of not only how municipalities are increasingly concerned with the notion of difference in policy-making, but also how their policies and engagement with local actors in dealing with nationally salient issues might lead to a redefinition of the national.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://ojs.tsv.fi/index.php/fennia/index
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2015 10:27
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2015 10:45
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/63780

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