Title
When strategic plans fail to lead : a complexity acknowledging perspective on decision-making in urban development projects : the case of Kortrijk (Belgium)When strategic plans fail to lead : a complexity acknowledging perspective on decision-making in urban development projects : the case of Kortrijk (Belgium)
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Research group
Centre on Inequality, Poverty, Social Exclusion and the City
Publication type
article
Publication
Abingdon,
Subject
Sociology
Economics
Source (journal)
European planning studies. - Abingdon
Volume/pages
20(2012):6, p. 981-997
ISSN
0965-4313
ISI
000304918200005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
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.
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