Beyond the post-political: is public participation in Australian cities at a turning point?

Crystal Legacy*, Dallas Rogers, Nicole Cook, Kristian Ruming

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This special section builds on Planning the Post-Political City—Part 1 to examine if and how planning is showing signs of a post-democratic turn taking place in Australian cities. In Part 1, we presented a collection of papers examining Australia as a post-political landscape, exploring the new ways in which Australian publics are resisting dominant neoliberal practices and logics of growth and, in doing so, are intervening in decision-making practices to assert new forms of power and participation. In Part 2, we show how participatory practices continue to evolve. We use this brief editorial to ask a foundational question: have those implicated in the governance and management of Australian cities embarked on a post-democratic path? As they are presented with new exclusionary and managerial governance systems, the public's participation suggests at the very least that post-political and post-democratic conditions are neither immutable nor inevitable. However, more democratic forms of governance rely on a rich array of activist types and approaches requiring greater institutional support in order to challenge Australia's post-political condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-357
Number of pages5
JournalGeographical Research
Issue number4
Early online date14 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018


  • activism
  • Australian cities
  • participation
  • post-democracy
  • post-politics
  • urban politics

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