Planning and law in evolving governancePlanning and law in evolving governance
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Centre on Inequality, Poverty, Social Exclusion and the City
Heidelberg :Springer, 2015[*]2015
Evolutionary governance theory : theory and applications / Beunen, Raoul [edit.]; et al.
University of Antwerp
This chapter presents a theoretical perspective on the roles of law in the evolution of planning systems. Three main roles of law in planning are distinguished: law can enable, delimit and codify planning. How these roles play out and relate to each other in the evolution of a planning system, will differ by community. In four scenarios we discern key points regarding the relation between the roles of law in evolving spatial governance. Understanding the different roles of law in planning, and their interplay in the evolution of the planning system, adds to the scientific and societal debates on planning and law, where hitherto polarizing discourses (planning vs law) dominated the discussion. More broadly, our perspective on the enabling, codifying and delimiting functions of law in planning sheds a new light on the potential and limitation of both law and planning to shape the future of communities.