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The reversal of strategic planning in London: the Boris effect with a focus on sustainability

Holman, Nancy and Thornley, Andrew (2011) The reversal of strategic planning in London: the Boris effect with a focus on sustainability. L’observatoire de la Sociètè Britanique, 11. pp. 145-159. ISSN 1775-4283

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Boris Johnson won the election for Mayor of London in 2008 with a manifesto based on pragmatic populism. This style contrasts significantly with that of the previous Mayor, Ken Livingstone. The switch in style raises for us the question of whether the new pragmatism has meant a loss in strategic planning and leadership for London. We will examine this question by comparing the London Plans produced by Mayors Livingstone and Johnson, focusing specifically on sustainability. Our contention is that under Livingstone a positive step was taken to remedying these former problems and but that there is a danger that under Johnson this step has been transformed into a shuffle.

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Additional Information: © 2011 The Authors
Divisions: Geography & Environment
LSE London
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > LSE London Centre for Urban and Metropolitan Research
Research centres and groups > Regional and Urban Planning Studies
Date Deposited: 24 May 2012 10:43
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2021 23:14

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