Interpreting Patterns of Interaction between Civic Activism and Government Agency in Civic Crowdfunding Campaigns

Gullino, S. and Seetzen, H. and Pacchi, C. and Cerulli, C. (2019) Interpreting Patterns of Interaction between Civic Activism and Government Agency in Civic Crowdfunding Campaigns. Built Environment, 45 (2). pp. 248-267. ISSN 0263-7960

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Addressing the under-researched interplay between civic activism and government agencies, this paper focuses on the conditions for broad local support for civic crowdfunding projects and the interaction between proponents of such projects, their associated stakeholders, and traditional urban planning frameworks. Building on Carolina Pacchi’s the work on the relationships between community and state in examples of local activism in European cities, the paper applies four types
of relationship between community and state: state regulation and community implementation; cooperation; community autonomy; and community opposition.
These are used to unpack the diff erent phases of civic crowdfunding projects and to show how relationships with the state evolve throughout the lifecycle of a project.
Drawing upon qualitative research carried out in London and Milan between 2015 and 2017, we examine the case of the Peckham Coal Line in south London, a proposed
urban elevated park along a disused coal line. Chosen for its long-term ambitions, its substantial local support and fi nancial backing through mayoral match-funding,
the case is used to examine the dynamic nature interaction between the digitally enabled activism of civic crowdfunding and local government agencies. Our study
of the development of the Peckham Coal Line project gives insight into the shifting nature of the relationship between civic actors and the state, showing that while
the ‘autonomous’ development of local projects is an important aspect of civic crowdfunding projects, the state does not disappear. Further, online and offline activities are only one step in the redefi nition of contemporary forms of citizenship and the claim that of civic crowdfunding can deliver extended citizen participation
should be more closely scrutinized.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA13: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Depositing User: Euan Scott
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2019 13:52
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2019 08:30
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7666

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