Public engagement under authoritarian entrepreneurialism: the Belgrade Waterfront project
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Urban megaprojects as a spatial manifestation of neoliberalism are in transitional societies considered a tool for extra-profit for private developers and a source of great corruption among the high-level public authorities. Consequently, such a relationship has negative effects on socio-spatial reality. The paper illustrates how a largescale unitary project – the Belgrade Waterfront project – jeopardizes the public participation through: the misuse of legal procedures and spatial planning instruments, neglect of private property rights, and simulation of public debate. The conditions enabling democratic social, political and professional environment as a backbone for citizen involvement in public issues are briefly indicated in conclusion.
Keywords:urban development / megaprojects / citizen participation / nation-state politics / Serbia / Belgrade Waterfront
Source:Urban Research and Practice, 2020, 13, 2, 213-227
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