The fall and rise of metropolitan government in Copenhagen

Hans Thor Andersen, Frank Hansen, John Jørgensen

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In this paper it is argued that the re-establishment of a metropolitan government in the Greater Copenhagen Area in 2000 (Greater Copenhagen Authority) is not to be seen as a return to the kind of regional, coordinative authority (Greater Copenhagen Council) that was abolished in the Thatcherite climate of the 1980s. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s new forms of urban governance, entrepreneurialism and a higher national priority to the capital region were introduced, which changed the conditions under which the new metropolitan government is operating. This 'contextualization' of the analysis of the two generations of metropolitan government points to the fact that typologies of metropolitan government, such as the one put forward by Sharpe (1995), often lacks analytical cogency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-52
Number of pages10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Dec 1


  • Copenhagen
  • Metropolitan government
  • Urban governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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