LOB - Local Politics and Participation

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New Ways of City-Making and the Changing Roles of Local Politics

In the federal system of the Federal Republic of Germany, the local authority plays a strong role in spatial development. Elected council members exercise planning sovereignty and have a formative influence on dialogue-oriented, multilateral processes of city-making. Local politics has a special position in these processes and at the same time assumes different – even competing – roles, as initiators, contributors and addressees of various formats.

From January 2019 to August 2020, the research project investigated processes of city-making that influence the self-image and sovereign tasks of local politics. It explored how local politics deals with these processes, positions itself in relation to them, and evolves in the medium term. The project’s methodology relied on the exploration and interpretation of the topic with a literature review as well as a collection of concise planning cases in order to subsequently examine six in-depth case studies. Case comparison and synthesis were supported by dialogue with practitioners through focus groups and an expert workshop.

The report has been published in the vhw publication series and is available online.

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Project Information

  1. Client
    Bundesverband für Wohnen und Stadtentwicklung (vhw)
  2. Project leaders at RWTH
    Prof. Dr. Agnes Förster, Dr. Fee Thissen, Martin Bangratz
  3. Project timeframe
    January 2019 to March 2020
  4. Services provided by the chair
    Preparation of the state of research, development of a conceptual framework, working on six case studies that look into new forms of city making on the basis of document analysis and expert interviews, case comparisons, workshops for validation of the results, synthesis, and documentation.
  5. Further Information
    Project report