Growth Coalitions and Growth Critics in Urban Development: Reurbanisation and Migration Policies


  • Henning Boeth Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung
  • Manfred Kühn Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung



Growth coalitions, Growth critiques, Post growth, Immigration policies, Jena


In this paper, growth coalitions and growth critiques are examined by using the example of in-migration policies in the context of Jena case study. This is based on the following questions: Which local growth coalitions do exist with which growth goals? To what extent do growth boundaries lead to an expansion of local growth coalitions with the urban hinterland? What kind of growth-critical positions are there in urban politics and to what extent do they question growth policies? The paper particularly ties in with the theoretical discussion of post-growth planning and enriches it by an empirical reflection by examining forms of municipal growth scepticism as well as limits of regional cooperation. The results show that there is a distinct growth coalition in Jena, which pursues the goal of attracting skilled workers to secure economic growth. However, due to natural growth limits and the resistance of individual residents, in-migration policies are reaching their limits, so that intermunicipal cooperation in the urban region is being sought as a fallback solution. Explicit critiques of growth and a fundamental public discussion about growth policies, on the other hand, just begin to emerge.


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Boeth, H. and Kühn, M. (2022) “Growth Coalitions and Growth Critics in Urban Development: Reurbanisation and Migration Policies”, Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning. DE. doi: 10.14512/rur.161.