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Governance arrangements targeting diversity in Europe: how New Public Management impacts working with social cohesion

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posted on 2018-09-24, 15:29 authored by Eduardo Barberis, Katrin Grossmann, Katharina Kullmann, Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen, Anne Hedegaard Winther

This article analyses how policies to foster social cohesion within diverse and unequal urban contexts are affected by New Public Management and austerity policies. Based on the analysis of a handful of governance arrangements in three cities that differ in their institutional structure and diversity policy approaches (Copenhagen, Leipzig and Milan), it is shown that negative effects are quite widespread yet cushioned by a strong welfare state structure, solid local government and high priority given to the recognition of diversity. Nevertheless, the shift towards the application of market logic to social work reduces innovative potential, increases efforts spent on procedures and weakens public coordination.


This work is based on research findings from the project "Divercities - Creating social cohesion, social mobility and economic performance in today’s hyper-diversified cities". This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No. 319970. SSH.2012.2.2.2-1; Governance of cohesion and diversity in urban contexts..