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Badiou, Haussmann and Saint-Simon: opening spaces for the state and planning between ‘post-politics’ and urban insurgencies

Paccoud, Antoine (2018) Badiou, Haussmann and Saint-Simon: opening spaces for the state and planning between ‘post-politics’ and urban insurgencies. Planning Theory. ISSN 1473-0952

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1473095218764224

Abstract

The post-political literature – which equates ‘the political’ with insurgencies directed against the state – has only limited relevance for planning, focused as it is on the ways in which conflict is displaced from the functioning of the state apparatus. The post-political literature has however neglected a significant change in Alain Badiou’s conceptualisation of the relation between the political and the state: the introduction of a political subject which acts from the within the state – what he calls the state revolutionary. This figure, which makes ‘evental’ planning possible, is fleshed out through a Saint-Simonian reading of Haussmann’s planning practice in his first years as Prefect of the Seine.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/plt
Additional Information: © 2018 SAGE Publications
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2018 15:00
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2018 09:45
Projects: INTER/SNF/12/02
Funders: National Research Fund, Luxembourg
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87469

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