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By M. Christine Boyer

In those polemical essays, city historian M. Christine Boyer argues that the pc is to modern society what the laptop was once to modernism, and that this metaphor profoundly impacts the way in which we finally take hold of fact. yet there's, she believes, an inherent hazard right here: as our on-line world pulls us into its digital grab, we withdraw from the area and possibility changing into incapable of motion in a true urban suffering from crime, hatred, illness, unemployment, and under-education. Boyer examines our on-line world, digital truth, disembodiment, and cyborgs, drawing on quite a lot of resources from Walter Benjamin to William Gibson. in any case, she concerns a clarion name to reinstate a social schedule in the course of those technological innovations."CyberCities is a provocative new ebook of essays during which Boyer stands opposed to the outpouring of enthusiasm over our predigested, reconfigured, electronic world". -- Public artwork evaluation

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This second aspect principally discusses libertarian theory and New Right ideology in Chapter 3, and New Labour ideology in Chapter 4, that formed the ideological context for the 1990s and early twenty-first century governments. As such, these theories form the macro-political aspect of planning. 1 (see p. 26). Both theoretical elements discussed in this chapter are necessary. This book is devoted to analytically combining discussion of political ideology, multi-level government activity and planning practice.

This is a necessary preliminary task in order to establish the interconnected nature of planning policy relationships occurring at multi-levels of government in England, Scotland and Wales and sets a context for the assessment of the tensions between national consistency, regional certainty and local discretion in planning policy formulation. In pursuing this assessment, extended discussions are devoted to considering the operation of the town and country planning system in Britain, and the alterations to planning caused as a consequence of changing governmental relations, changes to planning legislation and policy, changes to the political and administrative map of Britain as a consequence of devolution, and changes to the discretion available to local planning authorities.

There had been some disquiet politically 16 Introduction and from business of the need for formal regional government (for example, see Constitution Unit, 1996), but from a planning perspective the need for a regional level of strategic policy-making that translates the national policy objectives into regional contexts, and simultaneously provides the regional framework for local government’s policies, has been proven extensively over the years, both by academics and the government (DoE, 1990; Glasson, 1978; Minay, 1992; Roberts, 1996; Wannop and Cherry, 1994).

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