Global Remunicipalisation and the Post-Neoliberal Turn
A comparative research project investigating remunicipalisation in Germany, Argentina and the USA
Funded by the European Research Council (ERC), the ongoing, five-year research project titled “Global Remunicipalisation and the Post-Neoliberal Turn” (GLOBALMUN) is based at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, United Kingdom. Since January 2019, the project team has been undertaking a transnational comparative case study investigating the phenomenon of remunicipalisation.
What is 'remunicipalisation'?
Remunicipalisation refers to a global trend since 2000 for cities to take formerly privatised assets, infrastructure and services back into public ownership. As such, it marks a significant departure in existing urban governance processes, signalling a decisive shift against the dominant form of neoliberalism that has held sway since the 1980s.
The research advances the distinctive thesis that remuniciplisation represents a critical moment in the demise of neoliberalism, signifying a shift towards a post-neoliberal urban governance regime. This has fundamental implications for cities in terms of how they are managed, who is involved and who benefits from urban development processes, with the re-introduction of more state-driven and potentially more democratic public forms.
Project aims and objectives
The overarching aim of the research is to critically interrogate remunicipalisation and its implications for an emergent post-neoliberal urbanism. To address this aim, the project has three objectives:
- to develop a typology and conceptualisation of remunicipalisation that captures its diverse spatial, political and social forms,
- to assess whether remunicipalisation leads to more progressive forms of state and public action,
- and, to critically evaluate the democratic potential of the new forms of municipal public ownership.
The research employs a multi-method transnational comparative analysis over 5 years, which involves an extensive global survey element, a three-country comparative analysis (across Argentina, Germany, and the US), and a multi-sited ethnographic phase of individual remunicipalisation case studies in each country.
Public Futures database
News and events
06 AprThe GLOBALMUN project team will host an ERC Symposium titled "Mapping Global Remunicipalisation" at the University of Glasgow on Friday, 29 April 2022. The full day of talks and panels will include a keynote by David Hall (University of Greenwich), and contributions from our project partners Satoko Kishimoto (Transnational Institute) and Daria Cibrario (Public Services International). We will also be joined by Roz Foyer (General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress).
Publications and working papers
How we manage our data
The GLOBALMUN project supports the open sciences principle and, in line with our funders, the European Research Council, utilises the FAIR approach to data management making our findings Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. Find out more about our data management here.