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Contradictions of Neoliberal Planning

Cities, Policies, and Politics

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

  • 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
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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.

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This book is a must read for those interested in the archaeology and present condition of urban Zombie-neoliberalism.  While the neoliberal economic project died with the financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath, urban neoliberal recipes and strategies are still the only game in town for the elites. This seminal collection excavates the future, dystopian as it may be, of how the undead continue the haunt our cities. Is it not time to call in the Zombie busters? The reasons for such exorcism are indeed expertly laid out between the covers of this book.

 

Erik Swyngedouw, Professor of Geography, University of Manchester, UK

 

This book unravels skillfully the influence of international neoliberal ideologies on the predominant shift in planning practices and forces the reader to reflect on what is happening to planning’s traditional concern about equity, social justice, accountability.

 

Louis Albrechts, Emeritus Professor of Planning, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: Contradictions of Neoliberal Urban Plannin

    Taşan-Kok, Tuna

    Pages 1-19

  • Normalising Neoliberal Planning: The Case of Malmö, Sweden

    Baeten, Guy

    Pages 21-42

  • Neoliberal Urban Policy, Aspirational Citizenship and the Uses of Cultural Distinction

    Raco, Mike

    Pages 43-59

  • Contradictions in the Neoliberal Policy Instruments: What Is the Stance of the State?

    Eraydın, Ayda

    Pages 61-77

  • Transnational Neoliberalisation and the Role of Supranational Trade Agreements in Local Urban Policy Implementation: The Case of the European Union

    Taşan-Kok, Tuna (et al.)

    Pages 79-97

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-90-481-8924-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-8923-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-3817-1
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contradictions of Neoliberal Planning
Book Subtitle
Cities, Policies, and Politics
Editors
  • Tuna Tasan-Kok
  • Guy Baeten
Series Title
GeoJournal Library
Series Volume
102
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-8924-3
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-8924-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-8923-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3817-1
Series ISSN
0924-5499
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 220
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