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A city for the temporary? Political economy and urban planning in Darwin, Australia

Carson, Dean B., Schmallegger, Doris A. and Harwood, Sharon (2010). A city for the temporary? Political economy and urban planning in Darwin, Australia. Urban Policy and Research,28(3):293-310.

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IRMA ID 75039815xPUB6
Title A city for the temporary? Political economy and urban planning in Darwin, Australia
Author Carson, Dean B.
Schmallegger, Doris A.
Harwood, Sharon
Journal Name Urban Policy and Research
Publication Date 2010
Volume Number 28
Issue Number 3
ISSN 0811-1146   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-79959698321
Start Page 293
End Page 310
Total Pages 17
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Routledge
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Darwin, in Australia's Northern Territory, faces urban planning challenges consistent with those reported in 'resource peripheries' around the world. The city has recently experienced strong population growth associated with resources and construction projects, and an increase in public sector workers sent to address the challenges faced by remote (particularly Indigenous) populations. The Northern Territory Government is determined to foster further growth, and promotes 'major projects' in urban development as the key. Analysis of the public debates about two recent major projects (the Waterfront Development and the Lyons residential development) reveal a planning process consistent with the clientelism observed by Rayner and Howlett (2009) in resource peripheries in Canada. The risks of clientelism are both the marginalisation of important internal publics and the institutionalisation of 'temporariness' as the driver of growth. Shifting to a more consultative planning process might help stimulate internal development, but could also put at risk the relationships that the Northern Territory Government has established with external investors.
Keywords Clientelism
Darwin
Resource peripheries
Temporariness
Urban planning
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2010.509886   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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