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Introduction: Characterising the ‘new’ politics of sustainability: from managing growth to coping with crisis

Mike Raco and John Flint

in The Future of Sustainable Cities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426673
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305545 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426673.003.0001
Introduction: Characterising the ‘new’ politics of sustainability: from managing growth to coping with crisis

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This introductory chapter begins by describing the changing contexts of urban sustainability planning, characterised by a shift from global growth discourses to recession and austerity. It argues that the impacts of geopolitical, environmental and socioeconomic trends have enormous implications for the sustainability of cities, and that planning policies will have to be realigned as economic crisis erodes previous certainties. In particular, recession has exposed the limitations of ‘post political’ agendas promoting sustainable development as inclusive and has highlighted the systematic inequalities and differences that exist in modern societies, forcing policy makers to rethink priorities, objectives and capacities across a range of policy fields. The chapter sets out the rationales, aims and structure of the book, introducing sections on the new politics of sustainable urbanism, sustainable cities policies and contexts and conflicts in sustainability agendas.

Keywords: city planning; economic crisis; environmental justice; politics; social justice; sustainable urbanism

Chapter.  10434 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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