Strategic Turn in Planning and the Role of Institutional Innovation

Kaisa Granqvist, Raine Mäntysalo

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This chapter draws attention to the ‘institutional innovation’ that is involved in the strategic planning approach. Such innovativeness is sought in the realisation that strategic spatial planning cannot be decoupled from the institutional contexts of statutory and regulatory planning. These contexts continue to co-exist with strategic planning and influence its rationale and implementation because of institutional path dependencies. Institutional innovation is needed to better integrate the new tools of strategic spatial planning with the regulatory planning systems. Two cases in Finland, the city of Lahti and the city-region of Kotka-Hamina, exemplify these attempts. Mahoney and Thelen’s categories of modes of institutional change are used to discuss the different innovative approaches in these cases relative to their different institutional and political contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovation in Public Planning
Subtitle of host publicationCalculate, Communicate and Innovate
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-46136-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-46135-5
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Book section, Chapters in research books


  • strategic planning
  • institutional innovation
  • institution
  • statutory planning
  • path dependencies


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