Sustainability and attitudes to locality: the discourse of town and parish councillors

Kambites, Carol J (2010) Sustainability and attitudes to locality: the discourse of town and parish councillors. Local Environment, 15 (9-10). pp. 867-878. doi:10.1080/13549839.2010.531253

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The possible role of parish and town councils (local councils) in the local implementation of sustainable development has been overlooked both in research and in policy-making. This article is based on research into local councillors' attitudes to sustainability and to their own role within a single county. A “discourse of local council legitimation” is identified, in which local councillors see their communities as living organisms, whose interests they represent with the benefit of local knowledge and holistic thinking – characteristics which they see as absent at other levels of government. Local councillors essentially see their role as local and relatively short-term – a perspective that will have to be addressed if local councils are to make a significant contribution to sustainability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: local councils, sustainability, discourse, locality
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2014 14:19
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 21:27

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