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Thursday, April 9 • 3:15pm - 4:40pm
TH3.15.15 Citizenship in City-Regions

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Despite the richness of the literature, surprisingly little attention has been given to what it means to be a citizen in a city-regional context. As more people are expected to live in city-regions in the future this question calls for scholarly attention. The city-regional context challenges traditional understandings of the local citizenship. Rights and duties such as the right to vote in local elections, to influence local decisions and to pay taxes are usually linked to the municipality where one resides. However, citizens in surrounding municipalities may equally well be interested in core city politics or the political priorities made in a municipality where the workplace is located. There may also be an interest in how collective problems that concern the city-region as a whole are handled. Citizens may have weaker connections to their home municipality and territorial identities may extend beyond their local community. Hence, in city-regions, traditional administrative borders and the role of the municipality as the local polity are being challenged. These processes may also have gendered consequences for the power relations between women and men.

This special session presents research from Poland, Sweden and the US that provides new insights into what it means to be a citizen in a city-regional context. They are all contributions to a coming special issue on citizenship in city-regions published by the Journal of Urban Affairs.

Territorial political orientations in Swedish city-regions
Anders Lidström, Umeå University

How Metropolitan can you go? Citizenship in Polish city-regions
Marta Lackowska, University of Warsaw; Lukasz Mikula, University of Warsaw

Left holding the baby or bringing home the bacon together? The gendered consequences of regional enlargement and increased commuting
Christine Hudson, Umeå University

Political Orientations in City-Regions: Correlates of the “Regional Perspective”
Michael Leo Owens, Emory University

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Christine Hudson

Professor, Umeå University
I'm a political scientist and much of the focus of my research is on gender and the city and in urban and regional policy

Marta Lackowska

University of Warsaw

Anders Lidström

Umeå University
avatar for Michael Leo Owens, Emory University

Michael Leo Owens, Emory University

Associate Professor of Political Science, Emory University
I'm a pluviophile with a membership in the international Cloud Appreciation Society. No, I'm not kidding.


Anders Lidström

Umeå University

Thursday April 9, 2015 3:15pm - 4:40pm
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