Tensions in city-regional spatial planning : the challenge of interpreting layered institutional rules

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
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2021-05-04
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en
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13
844-856
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Regional Studies, Volume 55, issue 5
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The paper studies city-regional spatial planning from an institutional perspective. It applies theories of discursive institutionalism and gradual institutional change to analyse the dialectics of spatial planning and governance between discursively constructed city-regions and the pre-existing regional and local institutional territories. A strained dialectical relationship emerges when city-regional strategic spatial planning is instituted as a supplementary programmatic layer onto the existing strongly regulatory statutory planning, yet leaving intact its deeply institutionalized core-level meaning. Through the case study of the Kotka-Hamina city-region of Finland, the paper explores a situated city-regional attempt to overcome these tensions and generate policy-level change by blending the layered rules and reinterpreting their meaning.
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city-region, discursive institutionalism, institutional change, statutory planning, strategic spatial planning
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Granqvist , K , Humer , A & Mäntysalo , R 2021 , ' Tensions in city-regional spatial planning : the challenge of interpreting layered institutional rules ' , Regional Studies , vol. 55 , no. 5 , pp. 844-856 . https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2019.1707791