Verena Balz and Wil Zonneveld have published a paper titled ‘Transformations of Planning Rationales: Changing Spaces for Governance in Recent Dutch National Planning’ in Planning Theory & Practice. The paper assesses spatial concepts outlined in Dutch national plans between 1988 and 2012. By focusing on the dimensions of concepts, and the room for interpretation these create, it demonstrates how concepts were modified to accommodate a shifting appreciation of deliberation and, as a result, collaboration and governance. On a theoretical level, it seeks to contribute to an understanding of governance responses that the use geographies produces in planning practice. On an empirical level we criticize the way how governance was accommodated in recent Dutch national planning.

The paper is openly accessible, via this link

 

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