Local power and global crisis: changes in Porto Alegre city trajectory

Publication date:
12/2013
Author:
Eber Pires Marzulo and Vanessa Marx
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The nation-state crisis and the privatisation of state enterprises in the recent period of neo-liberal globalisation constituted the foundations for the minimum State. Global cities and transnational enterprises were the agents of this neo-liberal globalisation, which gave rise to the prominence of local power at the expense of the nation-state. However, the 2008 financial crisis restored these political agents, and the nation-state re-emerged as an important agent in the globalisation arena. Taking the city of Porto Alegre (Brazil) as a case study, this article aims to present a comparative analysis of the sources of funding for the main urban works during the periods 1990-2008 and 2008-2013, as well as the city’s increased international presence thanks to its participation in United Cities and Local Government (UCLG).

Key words: globalisation, cities, nation-state, local power

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