Power relations and local agency: a comparative study of European mining towns

Franziska Görmar, Markus Grillitsch, Vladan Hruska, Melinda Mihály, Erika Nagy, Jan Písa, Linda Stihl

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Local agency is marked by its structural boundedness including nation state strategies. We investigate the dynamic and mutually constitutive interrelationship between agency and state strategies to better understand and explain change in local development with the examples of four mining towns: Kiruna (Sweden), Zeitz (Germany), Most (Czechia) and Tatabánya (Hungary). They embody processes of industrial transition and mining activities that are heavily regulated by (supra-) national authorities and marked by constantly changing multiscalar power relations. We find local agency is constrained by rather specific relations and can be facilitated by more complementary ones, both on local level and between different scales
Original languageEnglish
JournalUrban Research & Practice
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2022 Mar 28

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Human Geography
  • Political Science


  • Mining regions
  • Local agency
  • State strategies
  • Power relations
  • Regional development


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