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Adaptive Regions, Deliberative Power Spaces and the Sustainable Development Platform Method


Campbell-Ellis, M, Adaptive Regions, Deliberative Power Spaces and the Sustainable Development Platform Method, Refereed Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Regional Sciences Association, 6-9 December 2011, Canberra, pp. 29-49. ISBN 9781877519215 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Neo-liberal ideologies continue to pervade the regional sciences and Australian regional and economic development policy. But is neo-liberalism still our sharpest tool for creating adaptive regions in this post-globalised age of the ‘me’ individual? A paradigm shift is needed – one that takes us beyond neo-liberalism and social capitalism and towards a renewed social liberalism. Such a transformation, it is argued, would better suit emerging policy needs in an unstable world. In this paper, the Sustainable Development Platform Method’s (SDPM) institutional governance design, core processes and knowledge sharing phases are explored to reveal their capacities for organising power structures and relationships. Using the SDPM, regional development agents can create Deliberative Power Spaces where relational and structural power transparency is increased and subjected to social scrutiny and community interaction. Increased community ownership of power within regional development praxis can facilitate regional adaptability whilst fostering increased social responsibility and reembedded social economies.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Urban geography
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Campbell-Ellis, M (Mr Matthew Campbell-Ellis)
ID Code:76177
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Institute for Regional Development
Deposited On:2012-03-01
Last Modified:2014-08-06

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