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Incorporating sustainable development concerns into an urban regeneration project: how politics can defeat procedures

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  • Yvonne Rydin
  • Nancy Holman
  • Vicky Hands
  • Florian Sommer

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It is often thought that new procedural arrangements can help embed sustainable development as a policy goal into policy practice. This is the hope of tools such as environmental assessment, sustainability audits and sustainability indicators. Using a case study of urban regeneration in the London Borough of Southwark, this paper critically examines these claims. It shows how sustainable development was sidelined as a policy goal during the evaluation of the Master Plan for the area, the appraisal of individual projects for funding under the Single Regeneration Budget and the development of two local sustainability indicator projects. In each case the local political circumstances were key factors in shaping policy practice and outcomes. This leads to a re-evaluation of such procedural policy tools, emphasizing the importance of local governance contexts.

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  • Yvonne Rydin & Nancy Holman & Vicky Hands & Florian Sommer, 2003. "Incorporating sustainable development concerns into an urban regeneration project: how politics can defeat procedures," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(4), pages 545-561.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:46:y:2003:i:4:p:545-561
    DOI: 10.1080/0964056032000133152
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    1. Shona L. Russell & Ian Thompson, 2008. "Accounting for a Sustainable Scotland," Public Money & Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(6), pages 367-374, December.
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    3. Hezri, Adnan A. & Dovers, Stephen R., 2006. "Sustainability indicators, policy and governance: Issues for ecological economics," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 60(1), pages 86-99, November.
    4. repec:eee:accfor:v:33:y:2009:i:3:p:225-244 is not listed on IDEAS

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