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The future of planningBeyond growth dependence$
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Yvonne Rydin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308416

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308416.001.0001

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The growth-dependent planning paradigm

The growth-dependent planning paradigm

(p.35) Three The growth-dependent planning paradigm
The future of planning

Yvonne Rydin

Policy Press

While growth-dependent planning is the current dominant mode, there are substantial criticisms to be made. This chapter reviews such criticisms focusing on three areas in particular: the implications for equity between social groups and the persistence of inequalities despite long term reliance on such planning, with some localities even experiencing growth in inequalities during periods of economic prosperity; the environmental justice implications with the distribution of environmental goods and bads arising from growth unequally impacting on different social groups; and the implications for sustainability in terms of resources use and management of external environmental impacts such as pollution (including carbon emissions). The chapter also points to the problem of the effectiveness of such leverage planning in times of economic downturn, whether short term (arising from economic cycles) or longer term (arising from global economic restructuring). Given the current economic circumstances and the emerging shifts in global economic power, these are important contextual considerations for the operation of planning.

Keywords:   Inequality, Environmental justice, Economic cycles, Globalisation

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