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Record number 422535
Title The Netherlands spatial planning doctrine in disarray in the 21st century
Author(s) Roodbol-Mekkes, P.H.; Valk, A.J.J. van der
Source Environment and Planning A 44 (2012)2. - ISSN 0308-518X - p. 377 - 395.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/a44162
Department(s) Land Use Planning
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) compact-city - open-space - preservation - reflections - legislation - planners - network - society - policy - cities
Abstract The concept of a planning doctrine can be used to analyse spatial planning systems, making reference to the ways in which their performance is influenced by patterns of thought. In the Netherlands the performance of the planning system has been attributed to a strong national consensus on a set of interrelated and enduring notions on spatial configurations and development strategies and how they should be handled: in plain terms, a ‘spatial planning doctrine’. The spatial planning context has changed so much in the past fifteen years that many critics are questioning whether Dutch spatial planning can continue to live up to its internationally acclaimed reputation. We analyse the workings of the planning doctrine and conclude that it is still having an effect on planning practice. However, if it does not evolve more dynamically, it might be wrenched out of joint by the constantly changing planning context. We furthermore reflect on the potential role of a planning doctrine in the analysis of planning systems.
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