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Aux frontières de la démocratisation urbaine. Conflits et urbanisme participatif à Londres.

Abstract : Taking as a starting point the idea that participation and conflict are two different instances of a common social relation, which need to be studies together, this paper offers a historical account of the evolutions of urban planning in London, and put them into perspective with examples of conflicts from the post-war history of the British capital. Concepts coming from Jacques Rancière’s work where he describes democratic processes according to the variations of stakeholders’ legitimacy help us to unfold the relations between conflicts and participatory processes. We witness a progressive division of the ability to actually take part in the definition of urban futures, based on the capacity to deliver urban (large-scale) projects, a division that hinders the post-War democratization movement. In this context where urban governance is the product of a restricted set of actors, participatory processes and arenas fail to deliver the equality of status which is implicit in the deliberative democracy project and give rise to a new culture of consensus in order to reduce the risks of conflicts, leading at the same time to the expression of a renewed urban resentment.
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Martine Drozdz. Aux frontières de la démocratisation urbaine. Conflits et urbanisme participatif à Londres.. L'Information géographique, Armand Colin, 2016, 80 (4), ⟨10.3917/lig.804.0030⟩. ⟨hal-01482801⟩



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