What is it about?

Since 2008, alternative economic practices have flourished in Spain: social currencies, urban gardens, consumer groups, social centres, time banks... as a reaction against the economic downturn. After the local election in 2015, centre-left coalitions took office in the most important Spanish cities. These new local governments have developed a progressive urban governance agenda that includes some ideas and proposals from the alternative economies field. However, this upstraming process is contingent to local conditions that are explored in the paper.

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Why is it important?

The paper applies institutional theory to shed light on the process of interaction between alternative economies and urban policies in Spain. Namely, we argue that the concept of institutional context helps to explain the diverse local trayectories of this interaction.


The comparative perspective of this paper, its broad scope and the use of institutional theory make this article unique.

Jose Luis Sanchez-Hernandez
Universidad de Salamanca

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This page is a summary of: Alternative economic practices in Spanish cities: from grassroots movements to urban policies? An institutional perspective, European Planning Studies, July 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2019.1644295.
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