Kübler Marcinkowski

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Title / Titel Cleavages, governance and the media in European metropolitan areas
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Summary / Zusammenfassung In recent decades, globalization and the consequent international competition between cities have led to a regionalization process and the emergence of so-called metropolitan areas. Political decision making increasingly has shifted to the local and regional level. There are two different ways in which metropolitan areas across Western European countries have adapted their governance schemes to this development:
In some metropolitan areas new institutions (metropolitan governments) have been created. They are equipped with representative arenas, significant financial resources and with power to formulate and implement area-wide policies. Others have chosen not to create new institutions, but rather to concentrate on re-harnessing the relationships between the wide variety of state and/or private actors that are relevant to policy making in metropolitan areas.

So far, the impact of each model on the democratic quality of policy-making has not been analyzed. The project aims to fill this gap by examining, in a comparative study, metropolitan areas in Switzerland, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. It will do so by focussing on
(a) the responsiveness of metropolitan policies, i.e. the ways in which preferences and demands are aggregated into policy decisions;
(b) the accountability of metropolitan policy making, i.e. the extent to which responsibility for policy outcomes are attributed to those who actually make the decisions.
Weitere Informationen
Publications / Publikationen D. Kübler & M. Tomàs (2010) Jeux d’échelle et démocraties métropolitaines. Leçons montréalaises, Pôle Sud, 32(1) : 35-45 & Métropoles, 7 : 2-10.

C. Skelcher, E.-H. Klijn, D. Kübler, E. Sorensen & H. Sullivan (2011) Governance networks, democratic anchorage, and the impact of national political context: a comparative analysis of four European countries, Administrative Theory and Praxis, 33(1): 7-38.

a) Scientific articles in journals with peer review
Koch, Philippe (in press) „Overestimating the shift from government to governance: evidence from Swiss metropolitan areas“, Governance, accepted for publication.
Kübler, Daniel (2012)(ed). "Symposium: Metropolitanization and metropolitan governance", European Political Science, advance online publication.
Kübler, Daniel (2012). "Towards kinder, gentler democracies. Decision-making in three Western-European metropolitan authorities", European political science: advanced online publication.

b) Scientific articles in journals without peer review
Koch, Philippe and Daniel Kübler (2011). "Aufbruch zu neuen Grenzen? Debatten um den Schweizer Föderalismus", Zeitschrift für Staats und Europawissenschaften 9(2):262-280.

c) Scientifc articles in anthologies
Kübler, Daniel (2012) "Die Transformation der Demokratie in europäischen Metropolregionen", in: B. Egner, M. Haus & G. Terizakis (eds.), Regieren: Festschrift für Hubert Heinelt, Baden-Baden, Nomos, pp. 329-342.

Kübler, Daniel and Michael Pagano (2012) "Urban politics as multi-level analysis", in: S. Clarke et al. (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 114-131.
Kübler, Daniel, Urs Scheuss und Philippe Rochat (in press). "The metropolitan bases of political cleavages in Switzerland", in: J. Sellers, et al. (Eds.) The political ecology of the metropolis. Essex: ECPR Press, pp. in press.

Kübler, Daniel and Henry Bäck (in press). "Metropolitan and political change in Sweden", in: J.M. Sellers, et al. (Eds.) The political ecology of the metropolis. Essex: ECPR Press, pp. in press.
Kübler, Daniel and Philippe Rochat (in press). “Switzerland”, in: E. Slack, R. Chattopadhay (Eds.) Governance and finance of large metropolitan areas in federal systems, Toronto: McGill - Queen’s University Press.

Sellers, Jefferey M. und Philippe Rochat (in press). "Methodological appendix", in: J.M. Sellers, et al. (Eds.) The political ecology of the metropolis. Essex: ECPR Press, pp. in press.
Sellers, Jefferey M., Daniel Kübler, Alan Walks, Philippe Rochat und Melanie Walter-Rogg (in press). "Conclusion - metropolitan sources of political behaviour", in: S.J. M., et al. (Eds.) The political ecology of the metropolis. Essex: ECPR Press in press.

d) Books
Sellers, J., D. Kübler, A. Walks & M. Walter-Rogg (2013)(eds.) The political ecology of the metropolis, Essex: ECPR Press

Keywords / Suchbegriffe metropolitan governance, accountability, democracy, public sphere, media system, mediatization
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Dr. Daniel Kübler (Project Leader)
Prof. Dr. Frank Marcinkowski (Project Leader)
Dr. Anna Christmann  
Dr.des. Karin Hasler
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Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
SNF (Programm NFS/NCCR)
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
Prof. Dr. Frank Marcinkowski
Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
Münster Bispinghof 9-14
48143 Münster
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Oct 2009 to Sep 2013