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Motivating the population to cope with the demographic change

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König, Armin

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Corporate Editor International Urban Planning and Environment Association (IUPE)
Abstract The effects of the demographic challenge will change the nature of politics and the emphasis of political sectors over the next 20 years, especially on a local level. This calls for new ways of thinking, new social skills and a new frame of awareness to allow for sustainable development. The community of Illingen in the Saarland, a town of 18,000 residents, has not denied the demographic change, but has accepted it. It shows how the populace, politics and administration have been confronted with inconvenient truths in a participation process. The process of strategically aimed, participative development planning allows for flexible responses to new situations – even to new suggestions in governmental arrangements. For the first time we can empirically support the claim that demographic change can be controlled using an integrated development concept.
Keywords demography; population development; governance; participation; sustainable development; citizens' participation; strategic management; resident; social capital
Classification Population Studies, Sociology of Population; Special areas of Departmental Policy; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Method applied research
Free Keywords Demographic Change
Collection Title Parallel patterns of urban growth and decline. Compendium of abstracts
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
City Kaiserslautern
Page/Pages 65 p.
Status Preprint; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works