chapter  15
Postpolitics and Planning
ByJonathan Metzger
Pages 14

Recent years have seen a flurry of discussions about postpolitics or the "postpolitical condition" in relation to a wide range of issues broadly concerning contemporary urban planning and governance. The literature on postpolitics and planning aims at pinpointing and flagging up new forms of politics in planning processes which function to suppress or preemptively foreclose possibilities toward dissent through bypassing, short-circuiting or circumscribing difficult and contentious issues concerning the specification of desirable futures. Discussions about postpolitics generally take as their starting point the post-foundational strands of political philosophy that were developed in the 1990s. In light of the more nuanced criticisms of postpolitical analysis it is evident that there still exists a need to work through and explore a number of remaining ambiguities and lacunae in the theoretization of postpolitics. One recurrent way of attempting to specify the particularity of postpolitics in relation to other anti-political practices is by highlighting the connection to neoliberal governance regimes.