BATCHELOR, A. and PATTERSON, A. (2007). Political modernisation and the weakening of sustainable development in Britain. In: KRUEGER, R. and GIBBS, D., (eds.) The sustainable development pradox: urban political economy in the United States and Europe. New York, Guilford Press, 192-213.
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Article 28 of Agenda 21 placed elected local authorities at the heart of achieving sustainable development. This required a new balance of environmental, social and economic policies co-ordinated by revitalised democratic local government.However, the context within which this would have to be delivered in the UK was the extensive and ongoing restructuring of sub-national government (i.e. both local and regional government) – a restructuring which has continued apace since then, not least with devolution in Scotland and Wales; the extension of unelected regional government in England; and centrally imposed changes to the local government committee system. In addition a further raft of so-called ‘modernisation’ polices have been implemented with broader social concerns such as ‘well-being’ and ‘community strategies’ within which the core environmental concerns of sustainable development are sidelined - viewed as generally desirable, but, ultimately, as ancillary and not essential. This chapter assesses the cumulative impact of these changes in the nature of sub-national government in Britain on the form and effectiveness of policies for sustainable development.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Additional Information:||The final version of this book chapter appears in The sustainable development pradox: urban political economy in the United States and Europe edited by R. Krueger and D. Gibbs © Guilford Press: http://www.guilford.com.|
|Research Institute, Centre or Group:||Urban and Regional Studies|
|Depositing User:||Caroline Fixter|
|Date Deposited:||18 Mar 2010 09:41|
|Last Modified:||21 Dec 2010 11:34|
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