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Geographica Helvetica
Geogr. Helv., 73, 133-145, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-73-133-2018
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04 Apr 2018
A touch of post-truth: the roles of narratives in urban policy mobilities
Thomas Honeck 1Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, Erkner, Germany
2Geography Department, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Abstract. This paper characterizes different types of policy narratives that influence the trans-local motion of urban policies and elaborates on their relations. The paper first introduces conceptual and methodological recommendations from policy narrative literature to debates on policy mobility. In an empirical section, it then analyzes narratives that support policies on temporary use of vacant lands and buildings in the German cities of Berlin and Stuttgart. Based on semi-structured interviews with experts and document reviews, the paper finds different, partly competing narratives on temporary use in both case study cities. It identifies their typical elements, categorising them by form and content. Referential narratives are understood as connecters between different cities and influencers of policy mobility. Finally, the paper shows how narratives work with association as well as imagination and thus emphasize the non-factual, yet inherent aspects of relational policy making.
Citation: Honeck, T.: A touch of post-truth: the roles of narratives in urban policy mobilities, Geogr. Helv., 73, 133-145, https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-73-133-2018, 2018.
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This paper characterizes different types of policy narratives that influence the trans-local motion of urban policies and elaborates on their relations. The paper first introduces conceptual and methodological recommendations from policy narrative literature to debates on policy mobility. In an empirical section, it then analyses narratives that support policies on temporary use of vacant lands and buildings in the German cities of Berlin and Stuttgart.
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