Publication
Title
When strategic plans fail to lead : a complexity acknowledging perspective on decision-making in urban development projects : the case of Kortrijk (Belgium)
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Abstract
Nowadays, cities formulate long-term strategies to address the challenges and opportunities they face. Numerous strategic plans or planning instruments are developed for this purpose. In this article, we would like to examine the role, impact and relevance of these types of plans in decision-making processes concerning urban development projects (UDPs) in the Flemish Region of Belgium. To what extent do strategic plans succeed in capturing and steering the complexity of spatial interventions in contemporary urban contexts? We argue that a complexity-acknowledging perspective provides a more realistic and adequate view here by seeing strategic plans as only one among many elements in the set of tangled inter-and intrastrategic processes which together determine UDPs. A comparative and qualitative case study was carried out in the city of Kortrijk. The decision-making of three UDPs was studied thoroughly. Interviewing key actors and analysing policy documents helped us to (re) construct the complex decision-making processes and to stipulate the meaning of all involved formal plans and planning tools.
Language
English
Source (journal)
European planning studies. - Abingdon
Publication
Abingdon : 2012
ISSN
0965-4313
Volume/pages
20:6(2012), p. 981-997
ISI
000304918200005
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UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Last edited 12.05.2017
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