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Sites, jobs and portfolios: Economic development discourses in the planning system

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Patsy Healey OBE


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This paper focuses on the development and dissemination of policy discourses in the context of the English planning system. The discursive subject is the identification and justification for the allocation of large sites for economic development purposes. The way this discourse has been developed in two case study areas (the West Midlands and Lancashire) is summarised, drawing out the institutional contexts of discourse development, the functions of the discourses (persuasive, co-ordinative and justificatory), the different discursive levels which are affected by changes in the discourses, the ways in which discourses are disseminated and translated from one institutional arena to another and the institutional work that discourses perform.

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Author(s): Healey P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Urban Studies

Year: 1999

Volume: 36

Issue: 1

Pages: 27-42

ISSN (print): 0042-0980

ISSN (electronic): 1360-063X

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1080/0042098993718


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