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Austerity, teleological 'ends' and the timespace practices of the state organisation

Fuller, Crispian ORCID: 2022. Austerity, teleological 'ends' and the timespace practices of the state organisation. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 40 (1) , pp. 298-317. 10.1177/23996544211021415

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The impact of austerity on urban governance has become a key area of academic concern, but many studies tend to interpret the effect on individual urban state bodies through analysis of broader governance relations, whilst also framing austerity as an overarching and homogeneous set of ideas, values and practices. In response, this paper examines a city government’s economic development department as a means in which to understand how the heterogeneous agency of the organisation mitigates austerity. In examining the adaptation to austerity, the paper deploys the practice theory of Schatzki. This involves utilising his conceptualisation of the construction of practices through various elements in producing the organisation, and their related ‘timespaces’. In conclusion, examining practices are important in understanding the intricacies of the ‘agency’ of the organisation, with the paper elucidating the uneven reconfiguration of the case study towards forms of timespace governing based on entrepreneurial pro-growth practices.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 2399-6544
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 May 2021
Date of Acceptance: 12 May 2021
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 16:28

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