Failure and Strategic Projects: Australias Asia-Pacific Vision

Weller, Sally Anne (2009) Failure and Strategic Projects: Australias Asia-Pacific Vision. Geoforum, 40 (2). pp. 136-144. ISSN 0016-7185


This paper uses Australia’s 1980s shift to a new accumulation strategy of ‘international competitiveness’ to examine the role of failure in shaping state strategic projects. The paper argues that the Australian strategy’s gradual shift from an interventionist to a market-led orientation played out in competing representations of failure. Whether particular policies were perceived as failures depended not only on their material effects, but also on the ways in which failure was defined and on the values underpinning those definitions. As representations of failure establish the boundaries between the incremental adaptations that stabilise an accumulation strategy and the more radical failures characteristic of crisis, they illuminate how processes of discursive selectivity ‘fix’ state projects’ temporal, scalar and spatial dimensions

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning
Historical > SEO Classification > 9199 Other Economic Framework
Keywords ResPubID17945. failure, regulation theory, strategic selectivity, crisis, Australias Asia-Pacific vision
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