1st Edition

Spatial Planning Systems and Practices in Europe A Comparative Perspective on Continuity and Changes

Edited By Mario Reimer, Panagiotis Getimis, Hans Blotevogel Copyright 2014
    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    330 Pages
    by Routledge

    Ideal for students and practitioners working in spatial planning, the Europeanization of planning agendas and regional policy in general Spatial Planning Systems and Practices in Europe develops a systematic methodological framework to analyze changes in planning systems throughout Europe. The main aim of the book is to delineate the coexistence of continuity and change and of convergence and divergence with regard to planning practices across Europe.

    Based on the work of experts on spatial planning from twelve European countries the authors underline the specific and context-dependent variety and disparateness of planning transformation, focusing on

    • the main objectives of the changes,
    • the driving forces behind them and the main phases and turning points,
    • the main agenda setting actors, and
    • the different planning modes and tools reflected in the different "policy and planning styles".

    Along with a methodological framework the book includes twelve country case studies and the comparative conclusions covering a variety of planning systems of EU member states. According to the four "ideal types" of planning systems identified in the EU Compendium, at least two countries have been selected from each of the four different planning traditions:

    1. regional-economic (France, Germany),
    2. Urbanism (Greece, Italy),
    3. comprehensive/integrated (Denmark ,Finland, Netherlands, Germany),
    4. "land use planning" (UK, Czech Republic, Belgium/Flanders),

    along with two additional case studies focusing on the recent developments in eastern European countries by looking at Poland and in southern Europe looking at Turkey.

    Chapter 1 Spatial Planning Systems and Practices in Europe: A Comparative Perspective (by Mario Reimer, Panagiotis Getimis & Hans Heinrich Blotevogel) Chapter 2 The Danish Planning System 1990-2010: Continuity and decay (by Ole Damsgaard) Chapter 3 The Recent Development of the Finnish Planning System - The city of Vantaa as an executor, fighter and idependent actor (by Sari Hirvonen-Kantola & Raine Mäntysalo) Chapter 4 Dutch national spatial planning at the end of an era (Wil Zonneveld & David Evers) Chapter 5 Spatial Planning in Germany: Institutional Inertia and New Challanges (Hans Heinrich Blotevogel, Rainer Danielzyk & Angelika Münter) Chapter 6 France, drifting away from the 'regional economic' approach (by Anna Geppert) Chapter 7 The Modernization of the Italian Planning System (by Valeria Lingua & Loris Servillo) Chapter 8 The evolution of spatial planning in Greece after the 1990s: Drivers, directions and agents of change (by Panagiotis Getimis & Georgia Giannakourou) Chapter 9 Spatial Planning in Flanders: Serving a by-passed capitalism? (by Pieter Van den Broeck, Frank Moulaert, Annette Kuhk, Els Lievois & Jan Schreurs) Chapter 10 Spatial planning in the United Kingdom, 1990-2013 (by Vincent Nadin & Dominic Stead) Chapter 11 Changing Planning in the Czech Republic (by Karel Maier) Chapter 12 Spatial and Strategic Planning in Turkey: Institutional Change and New Challanges (by Gülden Erkut & Ervin Sezgin) Chapter 13 Spatial Planning in Poland between European Influence and Dominant Market Forces (by Giancarlo Cotella) Chapter 14 Conclusion: Multiple Trends of Continuity and Change (by Panagiotis Getimis, Mario Reimer & Hans Heinrich Blotevogel)



    Mario Reimer is a scientific researcher at Ruhr University Bochum (Urban and Metropolitan Studies) and at the Research Institute for Urban and Regional Development (ILS) in Dortmund.

    Panagiotis Getimis is Professor of Spatial Planning and Policies at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens. He obtained his PhD in Spatial Planning and Policies from the Technical University of Berlin (1980). He is a founding member and co-director of the journal TOPOS: Review of Urban and Regional Studies. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Research Association and has been a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Urban Research and Practice since 2007.

    Hans Heinrich Blotevogel is Professor Emeritus of Spatial Planning at Dortmund Technical University's Faculty of Spatial Planning. He obtained his PhD in Human Geography from the Ruhr University in Bochum (1972). He is member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Erdkunde, Archive for Scientific Geography and Raumforschung und Raumordnung.