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Localism and neo-liberal governmentality

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Simin Davoudi, Professor Ali MadanipourORCiD


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This commentary offers a Foucauldian-inspired interpretation which conceptualises localism within the framework of neo-liberal governmentality. It argues that although localism represents a continuation and intensification of previous neo-liberalism trends in Britain, it introduces three distinct features related to: the underlying political philosophy of government; the shift of emphasis in government technologies from performance to agency; and the increased visibility of the spatial dimension in the neo-liberal understanding of the ‘social’.

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Author(s): Madanipour A; Davoudi S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Town Planning Review

Year: 2013

Volume: 84

Issue: 5

Pages: 551-562

Print publication date: 16/09/2013

ISSN (print): 0041-0020

ISSN (electronic): 1478-341X

Publisher: Liverpool University Press


DOI: 10.3828/tpr.2013.29


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