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The risky business of planning reform

In many countries throughout the EU recent planning reforms have reduced the possibilities for comprehensive and long-term planning. This paper explores the factors that explain why one of these countries, Poland, lost many of its tools for coordinating the policies and practices affecting spatial organization at the local level. The study, based on the discourses […]

Handbook of Planning Theory

Handbook of Planning Theory

Spatial planning is increasingly gaining renewed attention as an invaluable tool for addressing all kinds of socio-environmental issues. However what planning is and could be in contemporary society often differs from those forms of planning that classic readings on planning elaborate on. The Routledge Handbook of Planning Theory therefore presents a timely and very welcome […]

Landscape governance, environmental poli...

Landscape governance, environmental policy, spatial planning and place branding

Place branding strategies are increasingly used to promote cities, regions and national parks. In this paper we analyse the evolution of landscape governance in three Flemish regions to discern the virtues of these place branding strategies in relation to other forms of environmental policy and spatial planning. In all three regions state led policies and […]

Perceived (In)justice of Public Land Acq...

Perceived (In)justice of Public Land Acquisition

Many studies have addressed the justice of public land acquisition, but few studies have addressed the question of what landowners perceive as just. Individual perceptions drive an important part of the social and scientific debates on legitimate and just land acquisition. This article addresses this gap by studying landowners’ and land purchasers’ perceptions of just […]

Co-evolutions of planning and design: Ri...

Co-evolutions of planning and design: Risks and benefits of design perspectives in planning systems

Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen, Martijn Duineveld & Harro de Jong We develop an evolutionary perspective on spatial planning to investigate the potential contributions of design approaches to the coordination of spatial organization. After a re-articulation of the concepts of planning and design in this perspective, we distinguish six essential features of the planning/design dialectics […]

Performing Succes and Failure in Governa...

Performing Succes and Failure in Governance: Dutch Planning Experiences

We present an analytical framework for analyzing the functions of failure and success ascriptions in public administration. The framework incorporates concepts and insights from Michel Foucault, Mieke Bal, and other discourse theorists, enriched with notions derived from Niklas Luhmann’s theory of social systems. The Dutch system of spatial planning serves as a context to investigate […]

Empowering the locals… what are the cons

Empowering the locals… what are the consequences?

Op 22 maart 2011 een interessante lezing van Prof. Joe Painter bij gewoond (http://www.sal.wur.nl/UK/newsagenda/agenda/Joe_Painter.htm). Hij vertelde over de ontwikkelingen in het Verenigd Koninkrijk waar een beoogde verschuiving van overheidstaken naar allerlei partijen in de samenleving (the Big Society) een van de belangrijkste uitgangspunten van het huidige beleid is. Het lijkt vooral een retorische truc om […]