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Physical planning in an era of marketization: conflicting governance perspectives in the Swedish Transport Administration
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6846-2381
2019 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944, Vol. 27, no 7, p. 1413-1431Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Planning of transport infrastructure in Sweden has undergone successive legislative changes as well as neoliberal corporatization and marketization reforms in recent years, with a general aim to increase efficiency and effectiveness. This paper presents planning practitioners’ experiences of far-reaching marketization of physical planning practice in line with a strategy within the Swedish Transport Administration (STA) to become a ‘Pure Purchaser’. The strategy implies that all practical planning work should be carried out by procured consultants. The paper follows a qualitative, explorative approach based on document studies and interviews with practitioners actively involved in carrying out physical planning of road and rail investments. The concept of ‘modes of governance’ is applied to highlight and analytically interpret differences in perspectives on efficient and effective governance as expressed in the planning legislation, and the STA marketization strategy, respectively. The empirical results make evident that the recent marketization reforms are generally perceived as strongly and negatively affecting the efficiency and effectiveness of planning practices while also circumscribing professional discretion. The study highlights the importance of specific organization and management perspectives as explanatory factors in studying efficiency and effectiveness of planning practices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019. Vol. 27, no 7, p. 1413-1431
Keywords [en]
physical planning, procurement, organization, marketization, modes of governance
Keywords [sv]
fysisk planering, marknadisering, upphandling, organisation, styrning
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Public Administration Studies Other Civil Engineering
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Planning and Decision Analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-246916DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2019.1588853ISI: 000477084800009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-246916DiVA, id: diva2:1297355
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Swedish Transport Administration, 2014/86614
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QC 20190403

Available from: 2019-03-19 Created: 2019-03-19 Last updated: 2019-08-09Bibliographically approved

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