Rethinking European Spatial Policy as a Hologram: Actions, Institutions, Discourses, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Rethinking European Spatial Policy as a Hologram

Actions, Institutions, Discourses, 1st Edition

By Valeria Fedeli

Edited by Luigi Doria


344 pages

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Bringing together case studies from several European countries, this book provides an in-depth examination of the evolution of European spatial policy. Contributors focus on changes to the design and implementation of European policies at both national and local levels and examine institutional change, particularly Europeanization, European governance and EU enlargement. Rhetorical, discursive and representational dimensions are also interlinked to explore synergies and conflicts. The volume offers an experimentation of new interpretative approaches to spatial planning which will prove essential to the international debate.


’Rethinking European Spatial Policy as a Hologram provides welcome evidence of an up-and-coming generation of scholars from across Europe keenly pursuing The European Dream� invoked by Rifkin in his seminal book looking at the EU through American eyes. This book reflects their struggles in identifying pointers to a challenging future of the European construct and in particular its spatial or territorial facets.’ Andreas Faludi, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands ’This book provides a thoughtful and stimulating review of the multiple articulations of European spatial policy at the sub-national levels. It is also an exemplary outcome of collaboration among a group of young academics whose networking activities have been supported by the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).’ Simin Davoudi, President of AESOP, Newcastle University, UK

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Preface. Part I A Bottom-up Perspective on Territorial Policy Initiatives Under the European Union: introduction, Carla Tedesco; Government and governance in the European Union: local experiences of European urban policy, Maria Tofarides; From urban regeneration to neighbourhood management: local policy change in Berlin and the role of the EU (1990-2004), Simon Güntner and Charlotte Halpern; Localizing multi-level space in urban cultural politics: the reconstruction of the Museumquartier Wien and the Schlossplatz in Berlin, Monika de Frantz; Territorial changes in the Lisbon metropolitan area: from the capital of an isolated country to a European partner city, Paulo Silva; The construction of local development in rural disadvantaged areas: framing the LEADER II programme in south Kerry, Ireland, Elisa Pozzoli; Territorial action and EU regional policy in the Italian Mezzogiorno: hybridizing 'European' frames in local contexts, Carla Tedesco. Part II 'Europeanization': Looking Through Processes of Institutional Change: Introduction, Valeria Fedeli; Politicizing territorial governance: embedding the 'political economy of scale' in European spatial policy, Enrico Gualini; The constituting power of spatial planning in European integration, Willem W. Buunk; Transnational approaches in an enlarged Europe: presenting an INTERREG II C project as product of an emerging epistemic community ' European spatial development', Karina M Pallagst; Europeanization of regional policies and conflicts over power and information: the case of the French region of Nord-Pas de Calais, Eloïse Stéclebout-Orseau; The difficult construction of the European Union: a field of institutional imagination for the problems of (local) public ?, Valeria Fedeli. Part III Framing Space and Development in EU Policy : Discourses and Visions: Introduction, Luigi Doria; Discursive European integration: the case of Nordic spatial planning, Kai Böhme; Managing the unmanageable resource: multiple utility and quality in the EU policy discourses on local identity, Luigi Doria; Cohesion, polycentricity, missing links and bottlenecks: conflicting spatial storylines for Pan-European transport investments, Dieke Peters; Spatial visions, concepts and metaphors: their essential role in European spatial development and policy discourse, Gabriele Tatzberger; Reading the hologram: concluding remarks, Luigi Doria, Valeria Fedeli and Carla Tedesco; Index.

About the Author/Editor

Luigi Doria holds a PhD in Regional Planning and Public Policy at the University IUAV of Venice, Italy, where he continues to carry out research activities at the Department of Planning. Valeria Fedeli is a Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Architecture and Planning (DIAP) of Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Carla Tedesco carries out research activities at the Department of Architecture and Planning, Politecnico di Bari, Italy.

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Urban and Regional Planning and Development Series

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ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning