Community participation, rights and responsibilities : the governmentality of sustainable development policies

Summerville, Jennifer A., Adkins, Barbara A., & Kendall, Gavin P. (2008) Community participation, rights and responsibilities : the governmentality of sustainable development policies. Environment and Planning C : Government and Policy, 26(4), pp. 696-711.

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This paper explores how participative democratic principles, specifically, ideas of community participation in decision-making processes, are framed as community rights and/or responsibilities in sustainable development policy at different levels of government. In doing this, the paper examines the contribution of the governmentality perspective to an understanding of the nature of relationships involved in regulation through community. The paper first briefly reviews key tenets of Third Way' politics and the alternative view proffered by critiques from the governmentality perspective. It then turns to an analysis of how techniques of rights and responsibilities are implicit in the language of sustainable development policy at three levels: global (Agenda 21), national (Australian national policy ^ Australian national strategy for ecologically sustainable development), and regional (Queens- land regional policyöDraft South East Queensland Regional Plan). Finally, we consider some implications of our application of a governmentality perspective for how we understand government, community and community participation, and sustainable development. In doing so, we argue that neither community, nor sustainable development, can be separated from the techniques of rights and responsibilities that enablegovernment at a distance'.

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ID Code: 18332
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: sustainable development policy, governmentality, discourse
DOI: 10.1068/c67m
ISSN: 0263-774X
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Pion Ltd
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Summerville, Jennifer A. and Adkins, Barbara A. and Kendall, Gavin P. (2008) The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and Planning C : Government and Policy, 26. pp. 696-711. [10.1068/c67m]"

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