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Sustainable London?The future of a global city$
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Rob Imrie and Loretta Lees

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310594

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310594.001.0001

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Sustainable governance and planning in London

Sustainable governance and planning in London

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Sustainable London?

Emma Street

Policy Press

This chapter argues that the political and policy discourse shaping urban planning and governance is characterised by a neoliberal conception of sustainable development. It highlights the parallels between contemporary iterations of sustainable governance aligned to the Big Society, and past approaches. It considers the ways in which, following the global credit crisis of 2008 and the emergence of the ‘austerity agenda’, the understanding of sustainable development has become more closely aligned to a politics of economic development. It also contends that New Labour's Sustainable Communities Plan encapsulated development goals with economic growth agendas. The Plan sought to achieve social equity and sustained economic growth alongside enhanced democratic accountability delivered through devolved governance arrangements such as business improvement districts and constitutional and planning system reforms.

Keywords:   austerity agenda, sustainable development, Big Society, London's economy, urban planning, Communities Plan

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