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Quand l'autonomie locale rencontre la justice spatiale : l'action citoyenne dans les zones urbaines de la ville de Kotka

Abstract : Within the EU’s multi-level governance system, there has been an increasing interest in whether and how an enhanced role of the local level in the delivery of cohesion policies could lead to more cohesion, or in other words, to improved spatial justice. Joining this debate, the paper analyses a particular application and adjustment of the “ideal model” of the European policy instrument Community-Led Local Development (CLLD). In its core lies a local, third-sector action from Kotka, a medium-sized city in Southeast Finland showing, in a national comparison, significant levels of unwell-being of groups of residents and neighbourhoods. The paper investigates how local stakeholders organise themselves to address social/spatial injustice and how this is affected by “multidimensional metagovernance”. Additionally to a multi-level and relational approach to governance processes, linked to a dynamic understanding of spatial justice as an interactive combination of its distributive and procedural aspects, local autonomy is conceptualised in terms of two sources of empowerment, based on the two principles of power. One is how the “power of initiative” is expressed locally, evoking ideas of place-based capacities and perceptions and participation; the other is how the local level may strive to enhance its “power of immunity”, its freedom to act without the control of higher tiers of government. Meanwhile, the complexity and fuzziness of the notion of “locality” is demonstrated as a terrain and subject of spatial injustices as well as the source of (policy) solutions thereof.
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Sarolta Németh. Quand l'autonomie locale rencontre la justice spatiale : l'action citoyenne dans les zones urbaines de la ville de Kotka. Justice spatiale - Spatial justice, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, UMR LAVUE 7218, Laboratoire Mosaïques, 2019. ⟨halshs-02390534⟩



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