Beyond the usual suspects: Uncovering the network of civic and private sector actors in Munich’s urban development

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Urban development more and more depends on the cooperation of public authorities with civic and private sector actors. Public budgets are scarce, the tasks at hand and the related investment volume are immense. Planning as tabula rasa without concerned stakeholders is a rare exception. As a consequence, politicians, users, neighbours increasingly call for serious and effective involvement and participation. When setting up citizen participation processes one key question is: Who shall be addressed? To what issues and in what areas of the city? Beyond the usual suspects, we often find a fragmented landscape of various actors that – explicitly or implicitly – involve themselves in urban development. The paper presents the results of a research project investigating the fragmented landscape of actors in the city of Munich, Germany. Three research questions guide the empirical work: 1) What does the civic and private sector actors’ commitment to the urban development of the city look like? 2) What shared activities and shared spatial and thematic interests potentially bind these actors? 3) What is the correlation between the civic and private sector commitment and the activities of public authorities? The empirical research is based on a quantitative and qualitative content analysis of public communication. The collected data is analysed in respect to actors, spaces and issues. A quantitative network analysis reveals the linkages between the divers range of actors. The results are visualised in maps and diagrams and will be discussed in a focus-group workshop with key actors of the revealed network.
Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Definite Space – Fuzzy Responsibility, Prague, 13-16th July, 2015
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