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Urban boosterism in closed contexts : spectacular urbanization and second-tier mega-events in three Caspian capitals

Show simple item record Valiyev, Anar en Koch, Natalie en 2021-04-08T10:57:18Z 2021-04-08T10:57:18Z 2015
dc.identifier.issn 1538-7216 (Print)
dc.identifier.issn 1938-2863 (Online)
dc.description.abstract This paper presents a case study of urban boosterism in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan – three resource-rich states around the Caspian Sea. Boosterist projects are typically justified through the injunction of, “build it and they will come.” This cliché is a staple of how urban planners and elites seek to justify development schemes that lack an obvious demand. And while the logic underpinning urban boosterism hinges on a high degree of openness and freedom of movement – both for capital and people – it is a tactic increasingly being used in closed and otherwise illiberal states. Understanding the effects of this development is an important task as a growing number of urban planners in nondemocratic but resource-rich countries seek to develop spectacular new urban landscapes and position their cities as “world class” hubs for international mega-events – even if these are smaller, second-tier events. Exploring event-oriented urban development in Astana, Ashgabat, and Baku, we show how boosterist narratives are being re-deployed in closed contexts to promote the image of a benevolent and “magical state,” as well as solidifying authoritarian political configurations and a selective engagement with market capitalism. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States *
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dc.subject.lcsh Urban renewal -- Azerbaijan. en
dc.subject.lcsh Urban renewal -- Kazakhstan. en
dc.subject.lcsh Urban renewal -- Turkmenistan en
dc.title Urban boosterism in closed contexts : spectacular urbanization and second-tier mega-events in three Caspian capitals en_US
dc.title.alternative Eurasian Geography and Economics en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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