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Sub-national statecraft and scalecraft is touted as consequential antidote to the crisis of uneven development and democratic deficit. Interrogating this supposition with reference to city-regionalisation in Finland, this paper explores how a neoliberal imaginary of city-regions has been institutionalised through entanglement of discursive practices of contractual planning and materiality of tramway construction in Tampere. We argue that Finland’s ‘city regionalism’ is best understood in terms of rescaling of power from local municipalities to upper tiers of governance, lubricating of entrepreneurial development projects, and shrinking of democratic spaces of political contestations. We conclude by calling for geographically sensitive theorisations of city-regionalisation.
Author(s): Davoudi S, Kallio KP, Häkli J
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Space and Polity
Online publication date: 14/02/2021
Acceptance date: 31/01/2021
Date deposited: 22/01/2021
ISSN (print): 1356-2576
ISSN (electronic): 1470-1235
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