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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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The politics of airport expansion in the United Kingdom

Steven Griggs

David Howarth

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the current aviation policy impasse and emergent discourses about the future of air travel. Reappraising traditional models of the British state, it focuses upon five interrelated factors that account for the policy shift in aviation: the formation of the Coalition, the transformation of the Conservative Party, the role of scientific experts and knowledge, changing institutional and structural conditions, and the importance of groups and movements in shaping public opinion. The chapter explains this impact of groups and movements on policy-making through resonance, repetition and the hegemonic politics of equivalence and difference, drawing attention to heresthetics, ideological cover and the multiple spaces of hegemony. Reflecting on the contemporary challenges facing campaigners, the chapter concludes by assessing the emergent high-modernist discourse of sustainable aviation against that of state regulation and demand management, calling upon government to establish an active and clear policy programme in aviation.

Keywords:   Policy Change, Hegemony, Sustainable Aviation, Environmental Campaigns, Resonance, Equivalence, Difference

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