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Ideology, Political Transitions and the City
The Case of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

ISBN 9781138929890
Published June 3, 2016 by Routledge
250 Pages

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Book Description

Recent history has seen Bosnian and Herzegovinian (BiH) cities undergoing several transitions. Their cities have developed under socialism (1945 – 1992), have suffered through the civil war during the 1990s, and during the last twenty years have been undergoing a slow and multifaceted transition to an indeterminate end point.

Focusing on the post-socialist, postwar, and neoliberal transitions experienced in BiH, the book shows that planning systems deviated from control-oriented and top-down regulation to flexible approaches for more open for informal development. The book analyzes several levels of planning-related processes: the former Yugoslavia, BiH, the city of Mostar, and three urban zones (the Industrial Zone Bišće Polje, the City Zone Rondo, and the Historic District and the Old Town Zone) in order to offer insights into the new planning systems in the late phase of post-socialist transition.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction,  2. The Theoretical Background of the Concepts: Planning Doctrine, Transition, and Flexible Development Strategy Approach,  3. Did Socialist Planning Doctrine Ever Exist? Evolution of Political, Economic, and Planning Systems in Socialist Yugoslavia,  4. Disappearance of Yugoslav Planning Doctrine and Shift to a Flexible Devlopment Strategy Approach,  5. Flexible Development Stategy Approaches in Three Urban Zones in the City of Mostar,  6. General Conclusions, Contributions, and Ideas for Future Research

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Aleksandra Djurasovic is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Urban Planning and Regional Development, HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of California, Davis, USA, and her master’s degree in urban planning from the City College of New York, USA. Djurasovic’s academic interests lie in Southeast European urban geographies, urban planning and sustainability. Djurasovic is currently enrolled in the postdoctoral programme at the Center for Advanced Studies of Southeast Europe, Rijeka, Croatia.