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Social Sciences - Population Studies | Contradictions of Neoliberal Planning

Contradictions of Neoliberal Planning

Cities, Policies, and Politics

Series: GeoJournal Library, Vol. 102

Tasan-Kok, Tuna, Baeten, Guy (Eds.)

2012, XX, 220 p.

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  • Fills a gap in the field of neoliberal planning
  • Offers a rich scope of institutional point of views towards the implementation of the neoliberal urban policy across Europe
  • Written with a clear and comprehensive thematic structure
  • Uses a wide variety of case studies

This book argues that the concepts of ‘neoliberalism’ and ‘neoliberalisation,’ while in common use across the whole range of social sciences, have thus far been generally overlooked in planning theory and the analysis of planning practice. Offering insights from papers presented during a conference session at a meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Boston in 2008 and a number of commissioned chapters, this book fills this significant hiatus in the study of planning. What the case studies from Africa, Asia, North-America and Europe included in this volume have in common is that they all reveal the uneasy cohabitation of ‘planning’ – some kind of state intervention for the betterment of our built and natural environment – and ‘neoliberalism’ – a belief in the superiority of market mechanisms to organize land use and the inferiority of its opposite, state intervention. Planning, if anything, may be seen as being in direct contrast to neoliberalism, as something that should be rolled back or even annihilated through neoliberal practice. To combine ‘neoliberal’ and ‘planning’ in one phrase then seems awkward at best, and an outright oxymoron at worst. To admit to the very existence or epistemological possibility of ‘neoliberal planning’ may appear to be a total surrender of state planning to market superiority, or in other words, the simple acceptance that the management of buildings, transport infrastructure, parks, conservation areas etc. beyond the profit principle has reached its limits in the 21st century. Planning in this case would be reduced to a mere facilitator of ‘market forces’ in the city, be it gentle or authoritarian. Yet in spite of these contradictions and outright impossibilities, planners operate within, contribute to, resist or temper an increasingly neoliberal mode of producing spaces and places, or the revival of profit-driven changes in land use. It is this contradiction between the serving of private profit-seeking interests while actually seeking the public betterment of cities that this volume has sought to describe, explore, analyze and make sense of through a set of case studies covering a wide range of planning issues in various countries. This book lays bare just how spatial planning functions in an age of market triumphalism, how planners respond to the overruling profit principle in land allocation and what is left of non-profit driven developments.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Entrepreneurialism - European Union - Implementation Instruments - Market-oriented - Neoliberal Planning - Property Markets - Transnational Neoliberalism - Urban Planning - Urban Policy - Urban Regeneration - Welfare Provision - Welfare Societies

Related subjects » Geography - Political Science - Population Studies - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

Chapter 1: Introduction: Contradictions of Neoliberal Urban Planning: Tuna Tasan-Kok.- Chapter 2: Normalising Neoliberal Planning: The Case of Malmö, Sweden: Guy Baeten.- Chapter 3: Neoliberal Urban Policy, Aspirational Citizenship and the Uses of Cultural Distinction: Mike Raco.- Chapter 4: Contradictions in the Neoliberal Policy Instruments: What is the Stance of the State?: Ayda Eraydin.- Chapter 5: Transnational Neoliberalisation and the Role of Suprenational Trade Agreements in Local Urban Policy Implementation: The Case of the European Union: Tuna Tasan-Kok and Willen Korthals Altes.- Chapter 6: Neoliberal Urban Movements?: A Geography of Conflict and Mobilisation over Urban Renaissance in Antwerp, Belgium: Maarten Loopmans and Toon Dirckx.- Chapter 7: Social Entrepreneurship in Urban Planning and Development in Montreal: Barbara van Dyck.- Chapter 8: Washing their Hands of it? Auckland Cities' Risk Management of Formely Horticultural Land as Neoliberal Responsibilities: Cameron Smith and Brad Coombs.- Chapter 9: Accumulation by Dispossession and Neoliberal Urban Planning "Landing" the Mega-projects in Taipei: Sue-Ching Jou, Anders Lund Hansen and Hsin-Ling Wu.- Chapter 10: Neoliberalism, Shallow Dreaming and the Unyielding Apartheid City: Mark Oranje.- Chapter 11: Neoliberal Planning: Does it Really Exist?: Guy Baeten

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