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Palgrave Macmillan

Neoliberal Urban Policy and the Transformation of the City

Reshaping Dublin

ISBN 9781137377043
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This collection focuses on the character and impacts of 'actually-existing' neoliberalism in Ireland, taking Dublin as a central case study. It explores the way in which Irish neoliberalism brought about a major transformation in the city and how the 'Celtic Tiger' economy underwent a dramatic change in fortunes, requiring a bail-out from the EU, ECB and IMF in late 2010. The study comprises four parts, setting the contextual background, examining the property-development boom and its legacy, reviewing the impacts of neoliberal urban policy in reshaping the city and, finally, noting aspects of public resistance to the operation of neoliberal urban policy, highlighting salient points to be drawn from the continuing Irish experience of neoliberalism and austerity. Drawing together a wide range of research, this volume is an essential read for undergraduates, postgraduates and academics in geography, sociology, urban planning and political science.

Andrew MacLaran is Associate Professor of Geography and Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His book Dublin: The Shaping of a Capital (1993) won the RTPI (Irish Branch) Manning Robertson Award in recognition of its contribution to a better understanding of Irish planning.

Sinéad Kelly is Lecturer in Geography at the National University of Ireland, Ireland. She is an urban political geographer whose research focuses on gentrification, neoliberalism, financialisation and property.

Introduction; Andrew MacLaran
1. Neoliberalism: The Rise of a Bad Idea; Andrew MacLaran and Sinéad Kelly
2. Irish Neoliberalism and Neoliberal Urban Policy; Andrew MacLaran and Sinéad Kelly
3. Light-Touch Regulation: The Rise and Fall of the Irish Banking Sector; Sinéad Kelly
4. The Political Economy of Legislative Change: Neoliberalising Planning Legislation; Enda Murphy, Linda Fox-Rogers and Berna Grist
5. The Changing Ideology and Operation of Planning in Dublin; Andrew MacLaran and Niall McCrory
Introduction; Andrew MacLaran
6. Ready Money: Over-Development in the Offices Sector; Andrew MacLaran
7. Ready Money: Residential Over-Development and its Consequences; Brendan Williams and Declan Redmond
8. The Financialisation of Irish Homeownership and the Impact of the Global Financial Crisis; Dáithí Downey
9. Bailing out the Banks: the Role of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA); Brendan Williams
Introduction; Andrew MacLaran
10. Actually-Existing Neoliberalism: Public-Private Partnerships in Public Service and Infrastructure Provision in Ireland; Rory Hearne
11. Taking Liberties: Gentrification as Neoliberal Urban Policy in Dublin; Sinéad Kelly
12. Neoliberalising the City 'Creative-Class' Style; Philip Lawton, Enda Murphy and Declan
13. Neoliberal 'Regeneration' and the Myth of Community Participation; Paula Brudell and Katia Attuyer
14. The Collapse of PPPs: Prospects for Social Housing Regeneration After the Crash; Rory Hearne and Declan Redmond
15. The Role of Private Consultancies in Neoliberal Urban Regeneration; Paula Brudell
Introduction; Andrew MacLaran
16. Contested Urban Environments: Community Engagement and Struggle in Central Dublin; Michael Punch
17. Neoliberal Urban Policy and Challenging the Ideological Straightjacket; Andrew MacLaran and Sinéad Kelly

Katia Attuyer, University of St. Andrews, UK

Paula Brudell, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Dáithí Downey, Dublin Region Homeless Executive, Ireland

Linda Fox-Rogers, University College Dublin, Ireland

Berna Grist, University College Dublin, Ireland

Rory Hearne, National University of Ireland

Philip Lawton, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Niall McCrory, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Enda Murphy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Michael Punch, University College Dublin, Ireland

Declan Redmond, University College Dublin, Ireland

Brendan Williams, University College Dublin, Ireland


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