Regions and sustainable development: Regional planning matters

Graham Haughton, Dave Counsell

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This paper looks at how the term 'sustainable development' has been used in the process of regional plan making over the past decade. It emphasizes the differing geographies of these debates within England, in terms of how sustainable development has been used to justify different types of approach in different parts of the country. Both drawing on and challenging recent work on state theory, the paper argues the need to see regional planning as a part of a multi-scalar governance system, whose importance should not be underestimated. © 2004 The Royal Geographical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-145
Number of pages10
JournalGeographical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004


  • Multi-level governance
  • Regional planning
  • Regionalism
  • State theory
  • Sustainable development


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