The hidden face of European spatial planning: innovations in governance

Umberto Janin Rivolin, Andreas Faludi
  • European Planning Studies, January 2005, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/0965431042000321785

The effects of European spatial planning go beyond the sharing of policy documents

What is it about?

Especially in Southern Europe, the experience of European spatial planning has shown the capacity to transform and innovate the more traditional territorial governance practices.

Why is it important?

Our findings show that there is not a unique view of European spatial planning, nor it is useful to discuss what it is the right one. On the contrary, European spatial planning is differently perceived and understood across Europe, according to its capacity to challenge the established technical and administrative traditions. Overall, the EU territorial governance derives from the evolving combination of these various perspectives.


Professor Umberto Janin Rivolin (Author)

Writing this article was a great pleasure as it has a coauthor that I consider a top expert in European spatial planning. I hope the article can offer European planners and policymakers a more realistic and responsible view of their practices.

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