1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Institutions and Planning in Action

Edited By Willem Salet Copyright 2018
    422 Pages
    by Routledge

    422 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Institutions and Planning in Action contains a selection of 25 chapters prepared by specialized international scholars of urban planning and urban studies focusing on the question of how institutional innovation occurs in practices of action. The contributors share expertise on institutional innovation and philosophical pragmatism. They discuss the different facets of these two conceptual frameworks and explore the alternative combinations through which they can be approached. The relevance of these conceptual lines of thought will be exemplified in exploring the contemporary practices of sustainable (climate-proof) urban transition. The aim of the handbook is to give a boost to the turn of institutional analysis in the context of action in changing cities.

    Both philosophical pragmatism and institutional innovation rest on wide international uses in social sciences and planning studies, and may be considered as complementary for many reasons. However, the combination of these different approaches is all but evident and creates a number of dilemmas. After an encompassing introductory section entitled Institutions in Action, the handbook is further divided into the following sections:

      • Institutional innovation
      • Pragmatism: The Dimension of Action
      • On Justification
      • Cultural and Political Institutions in Action
      • Institutions and Urban Transition


    Willem Salet (Ed.)


    Richard Bolan

    Part 1 Institutions in Action

    1. Institutions in Action
      Willem Salet
    2. Developing a ‘Sociological Institutionalist’ Approach to Analysing Institutional Change in Place Governance
      Patsy Healey
    3. Political Articulation and Hegemonic Practices in the Institutionalization of the ‘Urban Order’
      Enrico Gualini
    4. Part 2 Institutional innovation

    5. Discursive Institutionalism and Planning Ideas
      Simin Davoudi
    6. Institutions in Urban Space: Land, Infrastructure, and Governance in the Production of Urban Property
      André Sorensen
    7. Moving Towards a Flat Ontology of Institutional Innovation: Actor-Relational Lessons Learned from Early Water Management Perspectives
      Luuk Boelens
    8. Planning and the Politics of Hope: A Critical Inquiry
      Jonathan Metzger
    9. Part 3 Pragmatism: The Dimension of Action

    10. Adapting Different Planning Theories for Practical Judgment
      Charles Hoch
    11. From Garbage in the Streets to Organizers’ Opportunities: Exploring the Institutional Pragmatics of Democratic Inter-Subjectivity
      John Forester
    12. What Can We Learn from Evolutionary Theory When Confronting the Deep Challenges of Our Times?
      Luca Bertolini
    13. Learning and Governance Culture in Planning Practice: The Case of Otaniemi
      Raine Mäntysalo, Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé & Simo Syrman
    14. Part 4 On Justification

    15. Constitutions, Laws and Practices: Ethics of Planning and Ethics of Planners
      Stefano Moroni
    16. How to Contextualize Legal Norms in Practices of Sustainable Development? Distinguishing Principles, Rules and Procedural Norms
      Anoeska Buijze, Willem Salet & Marleen van Rijswick
    17. Interpreting Planning as Actions 'In Plural': From Democratic Claim to Diverse Institutional Change
      Monika De Frantz
    18. Provenance, Ideology and the Public Interest in Planning
      Leonie Janssen-Jansen & Greg Lloyd
    19. Part 5 Cultural and Political Institutions in Action

    20. Contextualizing Institutional Meaning Through Aesthetic Relations. A Pragmatist Understanding of Local Action
      Julie-Anne Boudreau
    21. ‘London’s Vatican’: The Role of the City’s New Architectural Icons as Institutional Imaginaries
      Maria Kaika
    22. The Political Nature of Symbols: Explaining Institutional Inertia and Change
      Federico Savini & Sebastian Dembski
    23. The Urban Commons and Cultural Industries: An Exploration of the Institutional Embeddedness of Architectural Design in the Netherlands
      Robert. C. Kloosterman
    24. Part 6 Institutions and urban transition

    25. Pragmatism and Institutional Actions in Planning the Metropolitan Area of Milan
      Alessandro Balducci
    26. Paradoxes of the Intervention Policy in Favelas in São Paulo: How the Practice Turned Out the Policy...
      Suzana Pasternak & Camila D’Ottaviano
    27. Ambiguity as an Opportunity: Coping With Change in Urban Megaprojects
      Stan Majoor
    28. Instituting Resilience in the Making of the Istanbul Metropolis
      Ayda Eraydin & Tuna Taşan-Kok
    29. Urban Transformation in the Northern Randstad: How Institutions Structure Planning Practice
      Jochem de Vries &Wil Zonneveld
    30. Reflection

    31. Weaving the Threads of Institutions and Planning in Action
      Mickey Lauria


    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 the 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 an honorary membership of AESOP in 2016.