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That global cities are affected by social inequality, political polarisation and unsustainable development is broadly acknowledged. Over recent years these developments have increasingly been associated with a shift towards neoliberalism that set in in the 1980s. In their writing After Neoliberalism? Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey and Michael Rustin portray neoliberalism as an ideology that deeply entrenched political debates in the UK and the wider global context. The authors call for radical alternatives to its foundational assumptions, arguing that a careful re-consideration of liberal principles has rather confirmed prevailing conventions in favour of the market than broken with them in the past. But is a radical break from current planning norms indeed required? Or should change come from an incremental revision of multiple ideas and a stepwise reform of specific practices? are among questions discussed during the third event in a series on Complex cities graduations on 15 September 2015.

After Neoliberalism? has been published in Soundings, a journal associated with the ‘new left’ in the UK. Please find the article here. A plea for a transformative approach to planning has been formulated by John Forester. Please find his writing here.

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