The Language of Resilience: Ideas and Action in Contemporary Policy-making

Jacobs, K and Malpas, J 2018, 'The Language of Resilience: Ideas and Action in Contemporary Policy-making', Housing, Theory and Society, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 394-409.


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Title The Language of Resilience: Ideas and Action in Contemporary Policy-making
Author(s) Jacobs, K
Malpas, J
Year 2018
Journal name Housing, Theory and Society
Volume number 35
Issue number 4
Start page 394
End page 409
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis Scandinavia
Abstract It is difficult not to have noticed that in the last decade or so the notion of resilience has been adopted by many practitioners in Anglophone nations as part of a strategy for political engagement. Very often, those who advocate a resilience agenda concede that the insidious effects of globalized forms of capitalism cannot effectively be resisted and therefore it is necessary to accommodate to this reality by adapting and becoming resilient to any shocks that might arise. The aims of this paper are to explore not only some of the reasons why resilience has such appeal, but also to make some critical observations about policy responses at a time of increasing uncertainty. Amongst the questions addressed are: what might the use of resilience by policy-makers reveal about the conduct of government? Can its popularity within government agencies provide some insights as to why tangible reform remains elusive? Is there a form of resilience strategy that could serve to counter the pernicious effects of austerity and neoliberal policy responses? Amongst the arguments proposed is that, at best, resilience has only limited utility and at worst serves as a distraction to developing more incisive and lasting forms of political engagement.
Subject Sociology not elsewhere classified
Human Geography not elsewhere classified
Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Governance
Housing
Policy
Resilience
DOI - identifier 10.1080/14036096.2017.1308435
Copyright notice © 2017 IBF, The Institute for Housing and Urban Research
ISSN 1403-6096
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