Postpolitics and Planning

Authored by: Jonathan Metzger

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Theory

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138905016
eBook ISBN: 9781315696072
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Recent years have seen a flurry of discussions about postpolitics or the “postpolitical condition” in relation to a wide range of issues broadly concerning contemporary urban planning and governance. These include – but are not limited to – the regeneration of the London South Bank (Baeten, 2009), the structure of the UK planning system (e.g. Allmendinger & Haughton, 2012, 2015), the professional urban discourse in Sweden (Tunström & Bradley, 2014) mega hospital projects in London (Raco, 2014a), golf courses in Singapore (Neo, 2010), highway tunnels in Melbourne (Legacy, 2015), the enactment of complacent consumerist subjects in urban planning in Helsingborg (Ek, 2011), football-related city branding in Russia (Makarychev & Yatsyk, 2014),‘Big Box’ retail development in Vancouver (Rosol, 2014), Irish “ghost estates” (O’Callaghan et al., 2014), new urbanist developments in Scotland (MacLeod, 2013) and sustainability-related regional development policies in Sweden (Hilding-Rydevik et al., 2011).

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