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Beyond consensus and conflict in housing governance: Returning to the local state

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emma Ormerod


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This article contends that the de-politicizing tendencies in urban planning that are often interpreted through a post-political frame of analysis might alternatively be investigated via the analytical lens of a transforming local state. Examining the formation of entrepreneurial municipal housing strategies in Gateshead, northeast England, the article reveals a recent history of community consensus being manipulated, a technocratic steering of participatory planning and a de-amplifying of dissenting voices. Amid protracted conditions of austerity, the more recent strategy sees Gateshead municipal authority assuming an increasingly ‘promotional’ role, essentially as a housing developer. Placing critical decisions over housing futures within Gateshead Regeneration Partnership, a potentially rough road towards attaining democratic legitimacy is actively being smoothed. These are all trends that are emblematic of a post-political repertoire. However, a more forensic examination reveals how these anti-democratic processes might be more appropriately understood as political accomplishments on the part of those who have been newly incorporated into a local state in transition. The article thereby offers a conceptual antidote to the post-political narrative.

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Author(s): Ormerod E, MacLeod G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Planning Theory

Year: 2019

Volume: 18

Issue: 3

Pages: 319-338

Print publication date: 01/08/2019

Online publication date: 01/08/2018

Acceptance date: 29/06/2018

ISSN (print): 1473-0952

ISSN (electronic): 1741-3052

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/1473095218790988


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