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The Stockholm Region: Metropolitan Governance and Spatial Policy
KTH, Superseded Departments, Infrastructure.
KTH, Superseded Departments, Infrastructure. KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8170-3100
2002 (English)In: Metropolitan Governance and Spatial Planning, Spon Press , 2002, 91-109 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Spon Press , 2002. 91-109 p.
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8261OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-8261DiVA: diva2:13536
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QC 20100927Available from: 2008-04-24 Created: 2008-04-24 Last updated: 2012-01-26Bibliographically approved
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1. Planning Metropolitan Regions: Institutional Perspectives and the Case for Space
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Planning Metropolitan Regions: Institutional Perspectives and the Case for Space
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

This thesis aspires to advance understanding of how actor choices relate to embedded structures of rules in communicative planning practice, using insights from the institutional literature developed in organizational science, economics, sociology and planning. Specifically, the thesis argues that a spatial institutional perspective can help planners understand the complex patterns of interaction among actors, and between actors and rules. Actors interact in the spaces created by the interplay between actor choices and rule structures: the institutional environment.

The thesis comprises five papers: two case studies, a literature review and a theoretical paper. A review of the institutional literature reveals insights from other disciplines not yet fully explored in planning, including transaction cost analysis to explain individual decisions and collective action approaches to understanding micro behaviour and macro outcomes. These insights, together with the results of the case studies, suggest that planning theory needs to better understand how individual actors make choices within rule structures and based on the expected behaviour of others.

To address this, the thesis offers the concept of relational rewards, which incorporates theories of social capital and communication externalities into a rational actor approach. This may provide an explanation for why self-interested actors make choices about whether or not to participate in interactive forums designed to meet communicative goals. This approach can also explain how boundedly rational actors without communicative norms may over time develop a propensity to collaborate.

In a practical sense, this thesis challenges planners to think about what selective incentives they offer actors to participate in communicative planning. It encourages planners to identify and characterize the many institutional environments for planning and decisionmaking in transaction cost terms. Planning theorists and practitioners are experienced and adept in understanding and applying a spatial perspective, and can develop a spatial-institutional approach to coordinating actors both across physical space and within institutional environments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2008. 28 p.
Series
TRITA/KTH/CEFIN-DT, ISSN 1654-9376 ; 2008:01
Keyword
institutions, communicative planning, collective action, metropolitan development planning, transaction cost
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Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4707 (URN)978-91-976270-0-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2008-05-09, L1, L-huset, Drottning kristinas väg 30, Stockholm, 10:00
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Available from: 2008-04-24 Created: 2008-04-24 Last updated: 2013-11-11Bibliographically approved

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