Spaces of neoliberal experimentation: soft spaces, postpolitics, and neoliberal governmentality
This paper examines the proliferation of soft spaces of governance, focusing on planning. We move beyond more functional explanations to explore the politics of soft spaces, more specifically how soft space forms of governance operate as integral to processes of neoliberalisation, highlighting how such state forms facilitate neoliberalisation through their flexibility and variability. Recent state restructuring of the planning sector and emerging trends for soft spaces in England under the Coalition government proposals are discussed. Keywords: soft spaces, neoliberal spatial governance, postpolitics
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