Public Policy, Activism, and the City

Authors: Mark Boyle*,
Topics: Political Geography, Urban Geography, Human Rights
Keywords: Activism, Scholar-Activist, Public Policy, Cities, Democracy
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Studio 4, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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Recently, critical scholarship has drawn attention to the role of professional experts think tanks and lobbyists in capturing Urban/Public Policy by manufacturing consent, policing the public square, and shaping common sense. Meanwhile activist groups have been perceived to be outside of governance apparatus and policy decision making, marginal, critical, and cautious of getting too close and risking being appropriated. In this paper, I consider the possibilities of recasting and reinvigorating the relationship between activism and public policy with specific respect to the city. I ruminate on the benefits (and the risks) which might accrue to both activists and policy practitioners, the institutional arrangements which might foster a healthier relationship, and the role of the scholar activist as a mediator.

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