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Urban space, private business and the common good: The Politics of the street in early 20th century Stockholm
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6175-2909
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8219-6788
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper addresses political conflict over the organisation of public services in Sweden at the turn of the century, c. 1900. It’s part of a research project where we analyse similar discussions from the mid-seventeenth to the late twentieth century (Hallenberg & Linnarsson, 2016). Our starting point is that the organisation of public services is a political as well as an economical problem.

In the paper we will demonstrate how the commercial restructuring of urban space challenged conservative notions of the common good as well as modern views of social reform and publicness. The modernization of public transport and telecommunications offered new possibilities for urban planning and extending the public sphere. The paper argues that political decisions played a vital role in shaping the management of public services. Discussions over who has the right to organise the common good has remained a leading trope in European history to this day, which makes it all the more important to see how political discourse on this subject have developed and changed over time.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. p. 1-13
Keywords [en]
Public services, private entrepreneurs, the common good, tramways, telecommunications, equal access, market competition
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History
Research subject
History; Economic History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-137663OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-137663DiVA, id: diva2:1063073
Conference
Reinterpreting Cities: European Association for Urban History Conference, Helsinki, Finland, August 24-27, 2016
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Egenintresset och det gemensamma bästa
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2012-0764Available from: 2017-01-09 Created: 2017-01-09 Last updated: 2018-09-03Bibliographically approved

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