Formal/Informal Dialectics and the Self-Transformation of Spatial Planning Systems: An Exploration

Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen*, Martijn Duineveld

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In this article, we present a perspective on the interaction between formal and informal institutions in spatial planning in which they transform each other continuously, in processes that can be described and analyzed as ongoing reinterpretations. The effects of configurations and dialectics are often ambiguous, only partially observable, different in different domains and at different times. By means of analyses of key concepts in planning theory and practice, this perspective is illustrated and developed. Finally, we analyze transformation options in planning systems, emphasizing the limits of formal institutions in transforming formal/informal configurations, and stressing the importance of judgment and conflict.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)654-683
Number of pages30
JournalAdministration & Society
Volume46
Issue number6
Early online date30 Dec 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2014

Keywords

  • governance
  • property rights
  • institutions
  • evolution
  • innovation
  • DANUBE DELTA
  • INSTITUTIONS
  • GOVERNANCE
  • INFORMALITY
  • MANAGEMENT
  • PROPERTY
  • PARTICIPATION
  • SUBCULTURES
  • INSURGENCE
  • CAPACITY

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