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Futurescapes of Planning Law: Some Preliminary Thoughts on a Timely Encounter

Stokes, Elen ORCID: 2022. Futurescapes of Planning Law: Some Preliminary Thoughts on a Timely Encounter. Lee, Maria and Abbot, Carolyn, eds. Taking English Planning Law Scholarship Seriously, UCL Press, pp. 157-179.

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The concept of the future has been studied in many different disciplines but has not received the same detailed attention in legal scholarship. This is especially curious in a field like planning law, which has a strong and obvious future-orientation. My aim here is to make a case for treating planning law more seriously as an important site of future-making, and to encourage more systematic thinking about the role of law in determining how the future is engaged in the present. One way of achieving this is by introducing a ‘futurescapes’ perspective to legal analysis, to capture the different temporal features of law that shape how the future comes to be understood, legitimated and acted upon. Forging those links helps to address the future not as a backdrop to law but as a key means through which law operates. The discussion illustrates the kinds of questions that might usefully be asked about how law never simply represents the future but actively produces the futures it then seeks to govern.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Publisher: UCL Press
ISBN: 9781800082908
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 September 2022
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2023 08:28

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