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What is the role of spatial planning in relation to other policy areas?: A survey across 32 European countries
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4657-1573
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8620-675X
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Spatial planning is often expected to coordinate other policy areas or sector policies, in particular those that have strong spatial impacts. Ideally this process of coordination shall lead to policy integration or to other forms of consensual agreements such as policy packages. Inevitably the question arises to what extent spatial planning can be considered as an autonomous policy area with specific instruments (e.g. statutory frameworks that are of visionary, strategic or regulative character) and power resources. We address this question by discussing and comparing the role of spatial planning across 32 European countries in relation to 14 other policy areas based on findings from the ESPON COMPASS study. First, the degree of integration of spatial planning is investigated within other policy areas at three different policy levels (national, sub-national and local). Secondly, the extent to which these 14 policy areas are influential in current debates on spatial planning will be compared with the year 2000. The analysis reveals a number of recurrent patterns and types of spatial planning as well as directions of change. In the end we argue that spatial planning plays a significant and for the most part even increasing role in relation to other policy areas in most of the studied countries in Europe, but at the same time we can construe a growing degree of diversification between countries, policy levels and policy areas.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
spatial planning
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Human Geography
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158064OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158064DiVA, id: diva2:1232370
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AESOP Annual Congress, July 10-14 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden
Available from: 2018-07-11 Created: 2018-07-11 Last updated: 2018-07-11

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