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Public Norms and Aspirations

The Turn to Institutions in Action, 1st Edition

By Willem Salet


176 pages

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The aspirations of individuals, organizations, and states, and their perceptions of problems and possible solutions circulate fast in this instantaneous society. Yet, the deliberation of the underlying public norms seems to escape the attention of the public. Institutions enable people to have reliable expectations of one another even when they are unsure of each other's aspirations and purposes. Public norms enable people to act under conditions of increasing uncertainty. To fulfill this role in society, institutions need enhancement, maintenance, and innovation.  

Public Norms and Aspirations aims to improve the methodology of planning research and practice by exploring the co-evolution of institutional innovation and the philosophy of pragmatism in processes of action. As most attention in planning research and planning practices goes to the pragmatic approaches of aspirations and problem solving, the field is awaiting an upgrade of institutional perspectives. This book aims to explore the interaction of institutional and pragmatic thought and to suggest how these two approaches might be integrated and applied in successful planning research. Searching this combination at the interface of sociology, planning, and law, Salet opens a unique niche in the existing planning literature.

Table of Contents

Preface. Foreword. Chapter 1. The Evaporation of Institutions Chapter 2. Public Norms and Aspirations: The Precursors Chapter 3. Legitimacy in Action: The Logic of Pragmatism and Institutional Legality Chapter 4. How to Investigate Institutions? The Relevance of Paradigm Chapter 5. Five Paradigms of Institutional Planning Research Chapter 6. Institutions in Action: The Changing City-Region

About the Author


Willem Salet

Amsterdam, Netherlands, Netherlands

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Willem Salet is Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He chaired the group Urban Planning until 2017. He was the Scientific Director of Amsterdam study center for the Metropolitan Environment (AME) 2008-2013. He was the President of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) 2008-2010 and was awarded Honorary Membership of AESOP in 2016.

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ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning