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The Routledge Handbook of Institutions in Action

Routledge – 2018 – 440 pages

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The Routledge Handbook of Institutional Planning contains a selection of 25 chapters prepared by specialized international scholars of urban planning and urban studies focusing on the question of how institutions innovate 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 introduction of institutions in action, the handbook is divided into the following sections:

    • Institutional innovation
    • Pragmatism: The dimension of action
    • On justification
    • Political institutions in action
    • Social and cultural institutions in action
    • Institutions and urban transition


Preface Willem Salet (Ed.)

Foreword 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. Planning as Action: Questions of Better Require Better Ethical Questions

Heather Campbell & Robert Upton

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 Aritical Inquiry

Jonathan Metzger

Part 3 Pragmatism: The Dimension of Action

9. Adapting Different Planning Theories for Practical Judgment

Charles Hoch

10. From Garbage in the Streets to Organizers’ Opportunities: Exploring the Institutional Pragmatics of Democratic Inter-Subjectivity

John Forester

11. What Can We Learn from Evolutionary Theory When Confronting the Deep Challenges of Our Times?

Luca Bertolini

12. Learning and Governance Culture in Planning Practice: The Case of Otaniemi

Raine Mäntysalo, Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé & Simo Syrman

Part 4 On Justification

13. Constitutions, Laws and Practices: Ethics of Planning and Ethics of Planners

Stefano Moroni

14. How to Contextualize Legal Norms in Practices of Sustainable Development? Distinguishing Principles, Rules and Procedural Norms

Anoeska Buijze, Willem Salet & Marleen van Rijswick

15. Interpreting Planning as Actions 'In Plural': From Democratic Claim to Diverse Institutional Change

Monika De Frantz

16. Provenance, Ideology and the Public Interest in Planning

Leonie Janssen-Jansen & Greg Lloyd

Part 5 Cultural and Political Institutions in Action

17. Contextualizing Institutional Meaning Through Aesthetic Relations. A Pragmatist Understanding of Local Action

Julie-Anne Boudreau

18. ‘London’s Vatican’: The Role of the City’s New Architectural Icons as Institutional Imaginaries

Maria Kaika

19. The Political Nature of Symbols: Explaining Institutional Inertia and Change

Federico Savini & Sebastian Dembski

20. The Urban Commons and Cultural Industries: An Exploration of the Institutional Embeddedness of Architectural Design in the Netherlands

Robert. C. Kloosterman

Part 6 Institutions and Urban Transition

21. Pragmatism and Institutional Actions in Planning the Metropolitan Area of Milan

Alessandro Balducci

22. Paradoxes of the Intervention Policy in Favelas in São Paulo: How the Practice Turned Out the Policy…

Suzana Pasternak & Camila D’Ottaviano

23. Ambiguity as an Opportunity: Coping With Change in Urban Megaprojects

Stan Majoor

24. Instituting Resilience in the Making of the Istanbul Metropolis

Ayda Eraydin & Tuna Ta┼čan-Kok

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

Jochem de Vries &Wil Zonneveld


26. Weaving the Threads of Institutions and Planning in Action

Mickey Lauria

Author Bio

Willem Salet is professor emeritus Urban and Regional Planning at the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam. He graduated in spatial planning and sociology. He was a researcher at the Scientific Council for Government Policy (1980 -1995). He chaired the Program Group Urban Planning from 1998 - 2016. From 1998 -2003, he chaired the Amsterdam research institute of the Metropolitan Environment. Willem Salet was the President of AESOP (2007-2009). In 2016, he is awarded an AESOP Honorary Membership.

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