The use of meta-governance mechanisms to fight social segregation in Copenhagen: Experiences with municipal cross-sector integration

Lars A. Engberg

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In 2011 Copenhagen City Council adopted a citywide Policy for Disadvantaged Areas in Copenhagen to combat geographically specific vicious circles of social deprivation and physical deterioration in the city. The policy was a result of an inter-departmental learning process, designed to come up with meta-governance mechanisms to better coordinate area-based interventions across all seven city departments in the municipal administration, integrating these with mainstream municipal welfare pillars. The process is reported in (Engberg & Larsen 2010). This paper revisits the policy in a qualitative study five years after adaptation of PDAC. The paper investigates how practices of joint leadership and meta-governance across city departments and between city officials and local stakeholders have been institutionalized as coordination mechanisms as a result of the new policy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date16 Mar 2016
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2016
Event46th Annual Urban Affairs Association Conference 2016 - Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, United States
Duration: 16 Mar 201619 Mar 2016


Conference46th Annual Urban Affairs Association Conference 2016
LocationHilton San Diego Bayfront
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego

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