Title

Smart Growth and State Territoriality

Publication Date

8-1-2013

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This paper draws on neo-Weberian traditions of social theory to consider smart growth as a territorial programme of the multiscaled state. Responding to recent efforts by scholars within interdisciplinary urban studies to re-engage with neo- Weberian concepts around urban growth and institutional politics, the discussion interprets the implementation of the smart growth doctrine in US metropolitan areas --for example Seattle-Tacoma, the city-region specifically explored here--as the 'intercurrence' of various state-ordering arrangements. A conceptual focus on intercurrence, a term derived directly from the work of Orren and Skowronek forges stronger links between planning studies and state theory and thus offers a new way to map political geographies of smart growth.

Publication Title

Urban Studies

Volume

50

Issue

11

First Page

2275

Last Page

2292

DOI

10.1177/0042098013478230

Version

pre-print, post-print

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