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Responsibility for sustainable development in Europe: what does it mean for planning theory and practice?

Turcu, C; (2018) Responsibility for sustainable development in Europe: what does it mean for planning theory and practice? Planning Theory and Practice 10.1080/14649357.2018.1478116. (In press).

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Abstract

Responsibility in planning for sustainable development is little conceptualised in the planning literature. This paper sets up a theoretical framework to extend understanding on this by drawing on ethics (duty versus care) and political (communitarian versus cosmopolitan) constructions of responsibility at their intersection with planning studies and SD debates. The framework is then applied to explore responsibility outlooks in planning practice in two examples of planning for SD in Sweden and England. Three main claims are made: duty and care responsibility exist side-by-side, but it is care responsibility that drives planning for SD; cosmopolitan and communitarian responsibilities do not coexist, but they shape responsibility outlooks and further our understanding about differences in planning practice for SD; and municipal planning sits at the centre of responsibility in planning and increasingly works with other stakeholders. This has wider implications for planning theory and practice: planning theory needs to further engage with the care dimension of responsibility in planning, but also with its politics (communitarian and cosmopolitan); while planning practice suggests a variety of models of responsibility and calls for a re-examination of responsibilities in planning for SD.

Type: Article
Title: Responsibility for sustainable development in Europe: what does it mean for planning theory and practice?
DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2018.1478116
Publisher version: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rptp20/current
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10048535
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