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'ARRIVING AT' URBAN POLICIES: The Topological Spaces of Urban Policy Mobility

Robinson, J; (2015) 'ARRIVING AT' URBAN POLICIES: The Topological Spaces of Urban Policy Mobility. [Editorial comment]. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research , 39 (4) pp. 831-834. 10.1111/1468-2427.12255. Green open access

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Abstract

Spatial vocabularies are stretched to their limits by the complexities of policy mobilities. Using the example of city-wide strategic policymaking in Johannesburg, this essay argues for an enrichment of our vocabularies for appreciating how wider circuits of urban policy shape localized policy outcomes. Rather than tracing policies until they arrive somewhere, a more nuanced spatiality of policy mobility emerges when considering how policies are 'arrived at'. Thus policy influences can, for example, be ephemeral and recursive, international but already present in localities, have many simultaneous origins, and be folded into a relatively amorphous but specific policy blend. Drawing on John Allen's account of topological space, the essay indicates how both a more subtle spatiality and a more open politics of policy formation would emerge from turning the analysis of policy mobilities on its head in this way.

Type: Article
Title: 'ARRIVING AT' URBAN POLICIES: The Topological Spaces of Urban Policy Mobility
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12255
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12255
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.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Geography, Planning & Development, Urban Studies, Public Administration, POLITICS
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1497951
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