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Overflowing with issues: following the political trajectories of flooding

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Andrew Donaldson


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The paper is based on a research project that engaged with and intervened in flood risk management in national policy and in two localities. Building on recent work in STS, we develop a framework for political analysis that complements existing understandings of environmental governance by focusing on the materiality of an issue and the ways in which it is articulated through various sites, shifting between different political modalities (its political trajectory). Each modality represents a different way in which an issue is framed such that it is opened to questioning and contestation, or subject to closure and containment. We conclude that differing understandings of what makes an environmental issue political mean that researchers need to pay close attention to how their own work is political and to different meanings and constitutions of ‘the public’, as well as looking for more ways of engaging with the politics of environmental issues in different modalities.

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Author(s): Donaldson A, Lane SL, Ward N, Whatmore SJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy

Year: 2013

Volume: 31

Issue: 4

Pages: 603-618

ISSN (print): 0263-774X

ISSN (electronic): 1472-3425

Publisher: Pion Ltd.


DOI: 10.1068/c11230


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