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Nanke Verloo

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Academic publications

Social-spatial narrative: A framework to analyze the democratic opportunity of conflict.

Publication in Political Geography Conflicts and contention increasingly challenge the capacity to govern the city. Social conflicts are not only problematic but also reveal a sense of active citizenship and engagement. Agonistic theories argue that governments should embrace contention to improve democracy,... Continue Reading →

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Governing the global locally: Agonistic democracy practices in The Hague’s Schilderswijk.

Cities have become stages for (inter)national conflicts over political and religious identity, democratic values and ownership of place. These ‘glocal urban conflicts’ challenge local actors to respond immediately and effectively in ways that prevent escalation and strengthen democratic relations. The... Continue Reading →

De strijd om de straat in de Amsterdamse Wallen.

Bewoners en andere gebruikers produceren en veranderen de stad door hun alledaagse gebruik van de publieke ruimte. Stedelijk beleid en planning lopen niet altijd in pas met dat gebruik. In de binnenstad van Amsterdam komt die botsing tot uiting in... Continue Reading →

Learning from informality? Rethinking the mismatch between formal policy strategies and informal tactics of citizenship.

Democratic governance is increasingly focused on active citizenship. Governments in the Global North seek to make residents responsible for improving their communities. Democracy, however, is not solely experienced in abstract terms, it also materializes through more informal everyday interactions with... Continue Reading →

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