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The Post-Political and Its DiscontentsSpaces of Depoliticization, Spectres of Radical Politics$
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Japhy Wilson and Erik Swyngedouw

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748682973

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682973.001.0001

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The Post-Politics of Sustainability Planning:

The Post-Politics of Sustainability Planning:

Privatisation and the Demise of Democratic Government

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The Post-Political and Its Discontents

Mike Raco

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the legacies of privatisation in key welfare sectors in the UK, and the structural limits that Public Private Partnerships and Private Finance Initiatives place on their governance and management. It contends that the principles of accountability and democracy that underpinned the post-war settlement are being systematically eroded at the same time as administrations have consistently promised greater community empowerment and control. The discussion looks, in particular, at the role of the ‘new contractualism’ in shaping the boundaries of the political and in seeking to limit the scope and scale of urban conflict. It examines the extent to which this is occurring and the implications of the findings for broader understandings of the ‘political’.

Keywords:   Post-politics, Sustainability planning, Public Private Partnerships, Private Finance Initiative, New contractualism

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