This article examines the forces, public and private, that have exerted political power over the longue durée of the modern city since 1848. The article identifies three major turning points that contextualize the modern moment: the rise of democratic movements of 1848 and their gradual targeting of city governments; the rise of an expert-managed, urban reform state beginning in 1870; and the birth of neoliberal state, from 1974 to the present. The article positions the knowledge of urban history within the rise of democratic, participatory movements concerned with opening, replicating, and publicly analyzing governmental data.
cities, rent, eviction, history, participatory democracy, participation
Social and Behavioral Sciences
New Global Studies
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Guldi, Jo, "Global Questions About Rent and the Longue Durée of Urban Power, 1848 to the Present" (2018). History Faculty Publications. 13.
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