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Ain't about Politics? The Wicked Power-Geometry of Sydney's Greening Governance

Acuto, Michele

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The globalization of Sydney and its rise to world city status tell us a profoundly political story that presents critical challenges both in terms of local development and long-term sustainability. Green is at the centre of this imagineering, which situates environmental sustainability at the core of Sydney's competitive and innovative edge. Yet the Harbour City, while rising to worldwide fame, has also been progressively troubled by wicked challenges that question its increasingly...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorAcuto, Michele
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:27:03Z
dc.identifier.issn0309-1317
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/68048
dc.description.abstractThe globalization of Sydney and its rise to world city status tell us a profoundly political story that presents critical challenges both in terms of local development and long-term sustainability. Green is at the centre of this imagineering, which situates environmental sustainability at the core of Sydney's competitive and innovative edge. Yet the Harbour City, while rising to worldwide fame, has also been progressively troubled by wicked challenges that question its increasingly entrepreneurial and largely unproblematized approach to urban governance. At present, the metropolis has tackled these challenges by means of ad hoc solutions and policy-making processes that, on deeper analysis, reveal little coordination beyond an impetus for growth as the driver of collective action at the urban scale. Due to the lack of a clear metropolis-wide authority and the multiscalar nature of urban governance, the city has turned too much towards tackling sustainability within its urban dimension as a source of global competitiveness, while social polarization questions are steadily advancing to the forefront. It is time, I argue, for a Greater Sydney Authority.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceInternational Journal of Urban and Regional Research
dc.subjectKeywords: competitiveness; globalization; governance approach; policy making; sustainability; urban development; urban growth; urban policy; Australia; New South Wales; Sydney [New South Wales] Australia; Global city; Power-geometry; Sustainability; Sydney
dc.titleAin't about Politics? The Wicked Power-Geometry of Sydney's Greening Governance
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume36
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor120508 - Urban Design
local.identifier.absfor160514 - Urban Policy
local.identifier.ariespublicationf2965xPUB1601
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationAcuto, Michele, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage381
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage399
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1468-2427.2011.01063.x
local.identifier.absseo970116 - Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T08:15:31Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84857442953
local.identifier.thomsonID000309543500007
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