Urban Transformation in the Northern Randstad: How Institutions Structure Planning Practice

Authored by: Jochem de Vries , Wil Zonneveld

The Routledge Handbook of Institutions and Planning in Action

Print publication date:  July  2018
Online publication date:  July  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138085732
eBook ISBN: 9781315111230
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This chapter discusses the empirical value of looking at planning practice through institution/pragmatism lenses. The notion of institutions that provide actors with a logic of appropriateness and ideas about planning as a communicative practice set the stage for an analysis of the use of environmental norms in Dutch planning practice. On the basis of three cases it appears that several ways exist of bridging the tensions between the institutional and pragmatist perspective.

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