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Participatory Planning: State Spatiality and Discursive Spatial Scales

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2015
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AESOP
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The recent proliferation of institutional geography of state power provides insight into the analysis of socio-political dynamics of multi-scalar participatory decision making. This review examines how discursive strategies of state spatiality may be mobilised to interrogate the rationale for translating decisions at one scale into decisions at another scale. My approach draws together three complementary strands of literature – participation, state spatiality and scale. I first review how participation have been conceptualised, including the nexus between participation and decision making. I also review the literature on state spatiality in conjunction with state spatial projects and state spatial strategies to explain spatial privileging and socio-economic intervention of the state. I then describe the theoretical perspectives on the scalar discourse. The paper concludes by arguing that while spatialisation of socio-political contestations within multi-scalar configurations of state spaces may be scale-sensitive, the rationale for translating decisions at one scale into decisions in another has lacks explicit explanation.
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Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Definite Space – Fuzzy Responsibility, Prague, 13-16th July, 2015
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