Raco M, Lin W-I, 2012, "Urban sustainability, conflict management, and the geographies of postpoliticism: a case study of Taipei" Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 30(2) 191 – 208
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Urban sustainability, conflict management, and the geographies of postpoliticism: a case study of Taipei
Mike Raco, Wen-I Lin
Abstract. The concept of sustainability has been used by city governments worldwide to promote urban development. For some the term represents an archetypal postpolitical construct that enables urban populations and policy makers to confront collective problems in a consensus-driven way. In short, it enables a new conflict-free politics to emerge within cities. This paper uses the example of Taipei, Taiwan to explore how sustainable development agendas in a postcolonial city, which has a relatively young democratic system, are articulated and with what effects. It examines the utility of recent postpolitical writing as an explanatory frame for contemporary political changes. It documents how and in what ways postpolitical agendas have been established and how they have been used to nullify conflict by shifting attention away from grassroots concerns over globally oriented developmentalism.
Keywords: postpolitics, conflict, consensus, sustainability, Taiwan
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