As an employee of the Lord Mayor's financial administration in Københavns Municipality in the years 1994-97, I was at work as stretched out between two time periods. A past where Copenhagen stood for being a backward, bureaucratic city that tourists frowned upon and a period of growth optimism on the way, where an entire decision-making infrastructure was being established and expanded with public applause and attraction as «the world's best city» ( Monocles).
In the book The showdown about Copenhagen Peter Schultz Jørgensen paints a picture of a development in a neoliberal direction over the last 30 years, where the financial capital has had crowned days and where so-called ordinary people in large numbers have had to leave their city. – The author's ambition with the book is to look behind the development of «the world's best city» and dispel a number of myths about the city as well as outline some prerequisites that must be present if the development is to be turned towards a sustainable, inclusive city.
With the Stockholm Conference in 1972 and the Rio Conference in 1992, a new light was shed on the increase in prosperity that continued, as the world had otherwise distanced itself from World War II. In the years around 1968, all continents underwent upheavals, which became the beginning of the unsustainable, unequal and complex world we see today: with decolonization, where a number of colonies gained political self-determination but not economic. Where there was a political showdown with the dominance of the Eastern European countries, which seriously culminated in the fall of the wall in 1989. And where students and the working class in unison over a large part of the world rebelled against hierarchies and their culture, most markedly in Paris in. . .
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