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The Routledge Handbook of Institutions and Planning in Action

Edited By

Willem Salet

ISBN 9781138085732
Published July 3, 2018 by Routledge
422 Pages

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Book Description

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

Table of Contents


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

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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 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.