Spaces of neoliberal experimentation: Soft spaces, postpolitics, and neoliberal governmentality

Graham Haughton, Phil Allmendinger, Stijn Oosterlynck

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Abstract

This paper examines the proliferation of soft spaces of governance, focusing on planning. We move beyond more functional explanations to explore the politics of soft spaces, more specifically how soft space forms of governance operate as integral to processes of neoliberalisation, highlighting how such state for ms facilitate neoliberalisation through their flexibility and variability. Recent state restructuring of the planning sector and emerging trends for soft spaces in England under the Coalition government proposals are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-234
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironment and Planning A
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Neoliberal spatial governance
  • Postpolitics
  • Soft spaces

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