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

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  • Austrian Academy of Sciences


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.


Original languageEnglish
JournalRegional Studies
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Jan 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • city-region, discursive institutionalism, institutional change, statutory planning, strategic spatial planning

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