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Discourse Yes, Implementation Maybe: an Immobility and Paralysis of Sustainable Development Policy
Carr, Constance
2014In European Planning Studies, 22 (9), p. 1824-1840
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Keywords :
policy mobility; urban studies; governance
Abstract :
[en] Sustainable development policies are on the move. Cities the world over are reposition-ing, repackaging and remarketing themselves as green and sustainable, and sustainable development is the moniker imported to spark the process. At the same time, sustainable development, as a normative point of departure, is itself going through cycles of reinterpretation and re-composition. The research in this paper aims to understand this process by mapping the trajectories of sustainable development policies, and understanding sustainable development as a contextually grounded policy in motion. In Luxembourg, as planners are confronted with finding ways to manage growth, sustainable development has come to permeate all levels of the planning system. To understand how this came into being, research methods were employed that include document screening and a series of conversational interviews that were later transcribed and coded. In so doing, the discourse around sustainable development policy could be reconstructed and analysed. The results showed that the multi-scalar, cross-national, and simultaneously micro-level governance structures pose many obstructions to the implementation of sustainable development policies that are imported from abroad. Thus, policy is ultimately immobile, and a policy paralysis can be spoken of.
Research center :
Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg
Disciplines :
Human geography & demography
Author, co-author :
Carr, Constance  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE)
External co-authors :
no
Language :
English
Title :
Discourse Yes, Implementation Maybe: an Immobility and Paralysis of Sustainable Development Policy
Publication date :
June 2014
Journal title :
European Planning Studies
ISSN :
0965-4313
Publisher :
Routledge
Volume :
22
Issue :
9
Pages :
1824-1840
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Name of the research project :
SUSTAINLUX
Funders :
FNR - Fonds National de la Recherche [LU]
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