COHSMO – Inequality, Urbanization and Territorial Cohesion: Developing the European Social Model of economic growth and democratic capacity

Authors: Anja Jørgensen*, , Mia Fallov*, Aalborg University
Topics: Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: local community, spatial policy, territorial cohesion, EU policy, inequality, economic growth, democractic capacity
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 4:00 PM / 5:40 PM
Room: Bayside B, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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Traditionally, European regional and urban policy has been mostly characterized by treating individuals, people and communities as not having a significant role to play in the allocation of resources and the success or failure of such policy endeavors. In this sense, EU policy has tended to treat spaces as almost undifferentiated in terms of the communities that inhabited them. This project is aiming to foster a theoretical innovation by bringing together isolated but potentially fruitful theoretical approaches that try to analyze the role of human resources and communities in the success or failure of spatial policy programs.The state of art in COHSMO investigates conceptual understandings of patterns of inequality and explores the possibility that the success or failure of governmental programs of social investment and initiatives to promote economic growth might be dependent on patterns of local attachment and identity. The consequences of urbanization have long been a theme in urban sociology, geography and political theory, but there is a tendency to focus on class, cultural dominance, and power structures, which cut across spatial scales and tend to neglect the lived lives in actual places. COHSMO investigates in its state of art new avenues for conceptual understandings of patterns of urbanization and demographic change, and how such patterns relate to territorial cohesion, economic growth, and democratic capacity. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 727058

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