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Focal firms, grand coalitions or global city makers? Globalization vs. new localism in Hamburg’s maritime network
Hesse, Markus mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) >]
New Horizons in Regional Science
Global City Makers. Economic Actors and Practices in the World City Network
Hoyler, Michael
Parnreiter, Christof
Watson, Allan
Edward Elgar
[en] Maritime industries ; Global port cities ; Local alliances/clusters ; Situational analysis ; Hamburg, Germany
[en] Maritime industries are very important enablers of global trade: ports have already been coined ‘frontline soldiers of globalisation’ (Ducruet and Lee, 2006), and global cities are often port cities. Likewise, port institutions can be viewed as ideal global city makers, in the way they are targeting global flows for serving local interests. In this context, this chapter explores the city and the port of Hamburg, Germany. As a paradigmatic case of local–global governance, the Albert Ballin Konsortium is discussed, which was founded in 2008 in order to ensure local stakes in the Hapag-Lloyd shipping line and to avoid its takeover by a global competitor. The chapter discusses the conflict between the increasing de-coupling of maritime services from the traditional mainport and local political strategies. The research reveals the not so common case of a somehow reluctant global (port) city, due to the city makers’ strong concern for local interests.
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This book has taken quite some time to materialise. The actual final version of my chapter was submitted to the Editors in summer 2016. However, I am glad to be part of this … Also: my main argument as to the futile attempt of protecting maritime firms - and thus a local cluster - in response to maritime globalisation got even more convincing evidence in the meantime: Recent developments, takeovers and corporate mergers tend to continue, while neither stock markets nor employment figures actually justified the huge public investment that was made in order to keep the shipping line under apparent local 'control'.

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