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Positioning Regional Planning across Europe
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8620-675X
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4657-1573
2019 (English)In: Abstract Book 2019 RSA Annual Conference: Pushing Regions beyond their Borders / [ed] Lesa Reynolds, 2019, p. 180-180Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Across Europe the regional policy level is difficult to capture analytically, due to the prevailing differences in terms of institutional settings and political contexts, geographic size and scope of regions. Regional planning is not an exception as it is institutionalized differently across Europe and its practical significance varies in regard to mediating competition over the use of land, regulating change and promoting preferred spatial and urban form. In general, the regional level is often considered as an appropriate scale for addressing current challenges in relation to sustainable development; and regional planning as such is appreciated as a sub-national mode of horizontal and vertical coordination to integrate various policy fields. However, the institutional context of regional planning has changed significantly in recent years, which has resulted in weakening its political significance and practical relevance. In this paper, we question and nuance these seemingly diverging theoretical and practical views on the position of regional planning through a comparative analysis of regional planning across Europe. Drawing upon results from the ESPON COMPASS (2018) project, we investigate i) shifts in the distribution of spatial planning competences; ii) changes in regard to regional planning instruments, and iii) the role of regional planning within sectoral policies. We conclude that the institutional and instrumental conditions for regional planning across Europe are extensive and to some extent have been renewed and adapted to changing contexts in recent years. In principal regional planning seems to be well positioned to mediate the use of land and to regulate spatial development. However, the role of regional planning is differently positioned in each country in relation to various sectoral policies and the way statutory instruments are produced and applied. Due to diverging trajectories of regional planning our comparative analysis indicates only minor congruence with earlier classifications of spatial planning traditions across Europe.

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2019. p. 180-180
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regional planning
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Human Geography
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-172427ISBN: 978-1-897721-69-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-172427DiVA, id: diva2:1346984
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Regional Studies Association 2019 Annual Conference, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, June 5-7, 2019
Available from: 2019-08-29 Created: 2019-08-29 Last updated: 2019-09-02Bibliographically approved

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