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Between coercion and consent: the politics of "Cooperative Governance" at a time of "Austerity Localism" in London

Penny, J; (2017) Between coercion and consent: the politics of "Cooperative Governance" at a time of "Austerity Localism" in London. Urban Geography , 38 (9) pp. 1352-1373. 10.1080/02723638.2016.1235932. Green open access

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Abstract

At a time of "austerity localism", this paper explores how local authorities in London, England, are simultaneously addressing the dual pressures of delivering fiscal retrenchment and of enrolling citizens in new participatory public service arrangements, asking whether “these trends pull against one another, in opposite directions, or whether they are the tough and tender dimensions of a singular process: austerian management” Drawing on empirical research into the London Borough of Lambeth’s Cooperative Council agenda, as well as Foucauldian and Gramscian critiques of participatory network governance theories and practice, this paper shows how participatory forms of governance can be folded into the logic of hierarchy and coercion through various governmental technologies of performance and agency (consent), and through tactics of administrative domination (coercion). As budget cuts continue to affect local government in England, this paper concludes that although small experiments in participatory governance may persist, the dominant mode of governance is likely to shift towards more hierarchical and coercive forms.

Type: Article
Title: Between coercion and consent: the politics of "Cooperative Governance" at a time of "Austerity Localism" in London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2016.1235932
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2016.1235932
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Austerity urbanism; localism; network governance; coercion; local government
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Built Environment Faculty Office
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1532747
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