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The Post-Socialist CityBelgrade’s post-socialist urban evolution: Reflections by the actors in the development process

The Post-Socialist City: Belgrade’s post-socialist urban evolution: Reflections by the actors in... 18 Belgrade’s post-socialist urban evolution: Reflections by the actors in the development process Sreten Vujovic and Mina Petrovic ´ ´ Department of Sociology, University of Belgrade, Belgrade 18.1 Introduction This chapter describes Belgrade’s post-socialist urban development by focusing on key analytical questions related to the distribution of power among actors in the development process and the means through which this power is exercised. Urban sociology typically distinguishes four main types of actors considered relevant to the scene: 1) political actors – those who define strategic developmental aims by balancing entrepreneurial goals with public interests; 2) economic actors – players, primarily from the private sector, who utilize urban resources necessary for their activities; 3) spatial experts – those who operationalize development strategies through urban planning practices linking all of the actors involved in urban development; and 4) inhabitants – the multilayered users of the city (Bassand et al., 2001). Only the first two groups have direct influence on the legal and institutional changes shaping the urban development process, while the strategies of all actors are constrained by the institutional legacies of the past (Nielsen et al., 1995). In view of this analytical context, several theses relevant to Belgrade’s post- socialist http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Post-Socialist CityBelgrade’s post-socialist urban evolution: Reflections by the actors in the development process

Part of the The GeoJournal Library Book Series (volume 92)
Editors: Stanilov, Kiril
The Post-Socialist City — Jan 1, 2007

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
© Springer 2007
ISBN
978-1-4020-6052-6
Pages
361 –383
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6053-3_18
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Abstract

18 Belgrade’s post-socialist urban evolution: Reflections by the actors in the development process Sreten Vujovic and Mina Petrovic ´ ´ Department of Sociology, University of Belgrade, Belgrade 18.1 Introduction This chapter describes Belgrade’s post-socialist urban development by focusing on key analytical questions related to the distribution of power among actors in the development process and the means through which this power is exercised. Urban sociology typically distinguishes four main types of actors considered relevant to the scene: 1) political actors – those who define strategic developmental aims by balancing entrepreneurial goals with public interests; 2) economic actors – players, primarily from the private sector, who utilize urban resources necessary for their activities; 3) spatial experts – those who operationalize development strategies through urban planning practices linking all of the actors involved in urban development; and 4) inhabitants – the multilayered users of the city (Bassand et al., 2001). Only the first two groups have direct influence on the legal and institutional changes shaping the urban development process, while the strategies of all actors are constrained by the institutional legacies of the past (Nielsen et al., 1995). In view of this analytical context, several theses relevant to Belgrade’s post- socialist

Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: Urban Planning; Urban Land; Real Estate Market; Master Plan; Political Elite

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