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The politics of airport expansion in the United KingdomHegemony, policy and the rhetoric of 'sustainable aviation'$
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Steven Griggs and David Howarth

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719076138

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719076138.001.0001

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Problematising ‘sustainable aviation’ in the UK

Problematising ‘sustainable aviation’ in the UK

(p.56) 2 Problematising ‘sustainable aviation’ in the UK
The politics of airport expansion in the United Kingdom

Steven Griggs

David Howarth

Manchester University Press

This chapter investigates the various paradoxes and contradictions surrounding the regime of aviation expansion in post-war Britain. It engages in a detailed problematisation of the UK aviation industry and its attendant practices and infrastructure requirements. In so doing, it elaborates on the concept of problematisation, building inter alia on the work of Michel Foucault to connect this idea to the peculiar issues and dilemmas thrown up in the policy domain. It then defines and outlines the five main problematisations explored in the book. These are the institution and installation of the regime of aviation expansion during the Second World War; the struggle over the expansion or regulation of aviation at the start of the new century; the subsequent reframing of aviation, not least as a threat to carbon emission targets; the governmental and industry's response to the resignification of aviation; and the ensuing policy stalemate.

Keywords:   Problematisation, Aviation Expansion, Policy-making, Reframing, Resignification, Foucault, Sustainable Aviation

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