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Business Improvement Districts (BIDs): Internationalisation and contextualisation of a 'travelling concept'

Abstract : This theme issue explores the internationalization and the contextualization of the North-American Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) model in both Northern countries (the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden) and Southern countries (South Africa). The collection of articles focuses on key debates surrounding BIDs and presents different theoretical perspectives as well as lines of argument in relation to these debates. Relying on approaches based on political economy and local governance regimes, Foucault- inspired sociology of governance and governmentality studies or critical discourse analysis, the authors discuss the nature and significance of BIDs in relation to state restructuring and the neoliberalization of urban policies and to emergent rationalities and practices of security governance and policing arrangements. Using the recent discussions of policy transfer and 'urban policy mobilities', they look at the international circulation of the BID model and its local embeddedness, exploring the role of the global circuits of knowledge and the ways in which the model has been adopted and reshaped in different cities. Drawing a complex and differentiated picture of BIDs across continents and cities, this collection of articles emphasizes both the need for more comparative research across diverse urban experiences and contexts and the relevance of a relational perspective in urban studies that blurs the traditional lines of separation between studies of North American and European cities, and of Northern and Southern cities.
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Elisabeth Peyroux, Robert Pütz, Georg Glasze. Business Improvement Districts (BIDs): Internationalisation and contextualisation of a 'travelling concept'. European Urban and Regional Studies, SAGE Publications, 2012, 19 (2), pp. 111-120. ⟨hal-00707650⟩

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