Verkappter Lokalismus und selbstregulierte Urbanität: Stadtentwicklung in Griechenland (am Beispiel Athens)

September 2012
Südost-Europa;2012, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p387
Academic Journal
Urban development in Greece is based on a covert regionalism and a socially self-regulated - partly unplanned - urbanism, which has led to urban sprawl and sometimes to aesthetically questionable urban forms. Greek cities grew rapidly from the beginning to the middle of the 20th century. As a result they - and Greek society and the state - face a crisis. This article argues that we can gain a deeper understanding of urban development in Greece by reconsidering and interpreting a large body of literature, taken from various academic disciplines, in the fight of political science, whereby a special focus is made on the relation of urban development to the development of the state. Urban development is discussed along the thematic lines of its genesis and within its political context, and with particular reference to the local level and the particularities of Greek cities. To this end, special attention is devoted to Athens, the city that has been examined in greatest detail and in most case studies.


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