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Articulating resilience in practice: chains of responsibilisation, failure points and political contestation

Vilcan, Tudorel (2017). Articulating resilience in practice: chains of responsibilisation, failure points and political contestation. Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses, 5(1) pp. 29–43.

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Resilience has become a fashionable concept in UK policy-making in the last years. Many commentators have interpreted resilience as a neoliberal strategy that seeks to responsibilise individuals in anticipation of the retreat of centralised forms of risk management and protection. However, the haste with which the concept has been adopted also means that little attention has been paid to how resilience works in practice. This article analyses the implementation of a resilience initiative designed to build community resilience to flooding in the UK. It argues that the implementation of the policy is enabled by a long governmental chain of responsibilisation comprising several linkages that are also endangered by potential failure points where political contestations play out. It concludes that looking for what resilience ‘does’ requires investigating the implementation of specific resilience policies and the degree to which they are successful.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN: 2169-3307
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetES/J500161/1ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: Resilience, logics, articulation, responsibilisation, failure points, politics
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 48218
Depositing User: Tudorel Vilcan
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 16:21
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2020 06:52
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