Business Improvement Districts (BIDs): The internationalization and contextualization of a 'travelling concept'

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Peyroux E, Pütz R, Glasze G
Journal: European Urban and Regional Studies
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Publication year: 2012
Volume: 19
Journal issue: 2
Pages range: 111-120
ISSN: 0969-7764


In many countries across the world, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are seen as a new model of sub-municipal governance to secure private capital for improving the attractiveness of a city's central spaces. Originating from North America (Canada and the United States), this model of self-taxing districts, often based on public-private partnerships, has spread to other continents, including Europe, Australia and Africa. This theme issue explores the internationalization and the contextualization of the BID model in both Northern countries (the United States, Canada, Germany and Sweden) and Southern countries (South Africa). The collection of articles focuses on key debates surrounding BIDs and presents different theoretical perspectives as well as lines of argument in relation to these debates. Relying on approaches based on political economy and local governance regimes, Foucault-inspired sociology of governance and governmentality studies or critical discourse analysis, the authors discuss the nature and significance of BIDs in relation to state restructuring and the neoliberalization of urban policies and to emergent rationalities and practices of security governance and policing arrangements. Using the recent discussions of policy transfer and 'urban policy mobilities', they look at the international circulation of the BID model and its local embeddedness, exploring the role of the global circuits of knowledge and the ways in which the model has been adopted and reshaped in different cities. Drawing a complex and differentiated picture of BIDs across continents and cities, this collection of articles emphasizes both the need for more comparative research across diverse urban experiences and contexts and the relevance of a relational perspective in urban studies that blurs the traditional lines of separation between studies of Northern and Southern cities. © The Author(s) 2012.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Glasze, Georg Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Geographie (Kulturgeographie und Orientforschung)

External institutions with authors

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
University of Toulouse

How to cite

Peyroux, E., Pütz, R., & Glasze, G. (2012). Business Improvement Districts (BIDs): The internationalization and contextualization of a 'travelling concept'. European Urban and Regional Studies, 19(2), 111-120.

Peyroux, Elisabeth, Robert Pütz, and Georg Glasze. "Business Improvement Districts (BIDs): The internationalization and contextualization of a 'travelling concept'." European Urban and Regional Studies 19.2 (2012): 111-120.


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