Re-stating the post-political: depoliticization, social inequalities, and city-region growth

Etherington, David and Jones, Martin (2018) Re-stating the post-political: depoliticization, social inequalities, and city-region growth. Environment and Planning A, 50 (1). pp. 51-72. ISSN 0308-518X (doi:10.1177/0308518X17738536)

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Abstract

This paper argues that city-region building debates and relatedly ‘post-political’ literatures are missing critical perspectives on the state, particularly the state’s continued existence as a social relation and an arena for politics, its role in the regulation of uneven development and the conflicts and struggles that arise from this. The paper brings the state centrally into ‘post-political’ debates via a critical analysis of the interrelationships between depoliticization and neoliberalism. Focusing on Sheffield (South Yorkshire, England) in the context of devolution and deal-making public policy, the paper explores the seemingly consensual visionmaking dynamics of this city region and dissects the tensions around economic governance, welfare austerity and social inequalities to get a handle on the ‘postpolitical’ depoliticized state in, and of, contemporary capitalism.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR)
Item ID: 22630
Depositing User: Pamela Macaulay
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2017 14:50
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 13:10
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/22630

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