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Project, policy and public consultation

Author(s): Sturup, Sophie
All authors:
Sturup, S.
Host organisation: CoE London, UK
Country: Australia
Publication year: 2010
Published in:
Special session, 12th WCTR Conference, 11-15 July, Lisbon, Portugal
Research theme: Policy and Planning
Keywords:
mega urban transport projects, public consultations, govermentality
Type:
Conference proceedings
Summary:
Mega urban transport projects (MUTPs) are increasingly being used in urban environments to produce new transport infrastructure and thereby facilitate a range of policy objectives including improved environmental outcomes and increased accessibility. However, the articulation of problems in a form for which MUTP is the solution, often leads to poorly integrated projects that lack public acceptance. Studies of this phenomenon have recommended various methods for inclusion of the public in consultation on the development and implementation of projects as the solution. Despite these good recommendations, MUTPs continue to show a pronounced imperviousness to genuine public consultation. This paper uses the findings from a study into the „art of government_ (as described by Michel Foucault in his theory of ''governmentality_) of MUTPs based on three Australian case studies from Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. The purpose being to shed light on the attraction of MUTPs as a solution to policy problems, and the reasons for the relative imperviousness of project to genuine public consultation.
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