Planning the Post‐Political City: Exploring Public Participation in the Contemporary Australian City

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New Research on Public Participation in City Making

Abstract: This special section examines the possibility of meaningful debate and contestation over urban decisions and futures in politically constrained contexts. In doing so, it moves with the post-political times: critically examining the proliferation of deliberative mechanisms; identifying the informal assemblages of diverse actors taking on new roles in urban socio-spatial justice; and illuminating the spaces where informal and formal planning processes meet. These questions are particularly pertinent for understanding the processes shaping Australian cities and public participation today.

Keywords: post-politics; participation; governance; Australian cities; urban politics

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