This chapter presents a theoretical perspective on the roles of law in the evolution of planning systems. Three main roles of law in planning are distinguished: law can enable, delimit and codify planning. How these roles play out and relate to each other in the evolution of a planning system, will differ by community. In four scenario’s we discern key points regarding the relation between the roles of law in evolving spatial governance. Understanding the different roles of law in planning, and their interplay in the evolution of the planning system, adds to the scientific and societal debates on planning and law, where hitherto polarizing discourses (planning vs law) dominated the discussion. More broadly, our perspective on the enabling, codifying and delimiting functions of law in planning sheds a new light on the potential and limitation of both law and planning to shape the future of communities.
|Title of host publication||Evolutionary Governance Theory|
|Subtitle of host publication||Theory and Applications|
|Editors||Raoul Beunen, Kristof Van Assche, Martijn Duineveld|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing AG|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|