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The new local politics or the Government proposes to recover Max Weber and Franz Kafka

QUIM BRUGUÉ. The intensity of the crisis is proof that many actions, at other times, would have been much discussed. Using financial constraints as an excuse privatized utilities, modify the conditions of public employees and weaken democratic institutions. I will not now discuss whether these initiatives are reluctantly ...

Gaps Plan: urban policies by 'while'?

MARC MARTÍ. If until now the tools for city planning are based on more or less, the ability to generate economic gains, extract an experiment aimed at social gains must be received, at least, amb optimisme. The most innovative urban recycling happens, rehabilitation, the reparation, reconstruction and reappropriation of that ...

Self-management in response to the crisis. From “In representen ens” to the “Can Juntes”.

ERNESTO MORALES. Self-organization and cooperation are possible and are growing, to respond to personal concerns that go beyond the mere earning a salary. Solidarity economy projects, allotments, exchange networks, Shared education projects and free education, cooperatives consum, support groups and so are multiplying in our cities ....

Forgotten Spanish democracy: Unemployment and low wages neighborhoods

ZYAB Ibañez. The entrenchment of unemployment and housing problem matching the dramatic political and social evolution of the country in recent decades, suggests that Spain has taken, at least since the political transition, a double life, Pretty in paral.lels universes contradictoris. From all this it is tempting to imagine a grand final ...

Saskia Sassen: A Look smart cities of globalization

MARGARITA LEON. Saskia Sassen has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences. It is the third woman to receive the award more than thirty editions and is the only academic on the list of the ten most cited social scientists internationally as ranked ISI. Thankfully the jury, both of ...

Demolition of the fourth pillar of the welfare. LAPAD reforms and local government

TONI VILÀ. Cuts are due to cyclical crisis is that the government or the state it takes to make a radical change to social policy reminiscent of times past? These days we are witnessing a new offensive against the welfare state. After health, pensions and education now the turn of the ...

The transition toward sustainability will not be televised

JOSEP LL. ESPLUGA. While the formal political system is paralyzed waiting for a hypothetical economic growth to re-implement the wheel of production and consumption, numerous initiatives attempt to move toward energy reduction and growth, constituting a silent revolution towards a more sustainable society, respectful and just ....

On the Ciutat

JOAN SUBIRATS. If until now the specific urban condition was the ability to contain, accurate within limits, countless relationships, interests, possibilities and resources, Most cities have increasingly successful which can overcome the boundaries imposed by the political urbanism. Change processes that have crossed more or ...

If you do not exist PAH

ISMAEL BLANCO / MARGARITA LEON. Three and a half million jobs lost since the beginning of the crisis. Two million households without any source of income. Growth of almost 30% the difference between high income and low. An unprecedented increase in the rates of poverty and exclusion ...

The future of Haiti is played in their cities

RAMON CANAL. The contemporary Haiti was born in the eighteenth century as a slave-based agrarian colony monoculture sugar. Once removed this production system, Haitian field has maintained a minor proportion engaged in the export crops (sugar, cacau, coffee…), in an underdeveloped agricultural sector and mainly focused on the domestic market ....