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Planners in Politics

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Planners in Politics

Do they Make a Difference?

9781839100109 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Louis Albrechts, Research Unit of Planning and Development and Department of Architecture, University of Leuven, Belgium
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 83910 010 9 Extent: 304 pp
In this innovative book, ten executive politicians with backgrounds in planning from around the world dissect their own political careers. Reflecting on the often structural impact of their work in political decision-making, they also consider the translation of their experiences back into academic life or professional practice.

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In this innovative book, ten executive politicians with backgrounds in planning from around the world dissect their own political careers. Reflecting on the often structural impact of their work in political decision-making, they also consider the translation of their experiences back into academic life or professional practice.
 
These revealing stories illustrate the vital role of planners in politics. Specific examples show how they were able to make a difference during their tenure by defining problems, setting agendas, using different catalyst for change and raising awareness of issues around sustainability, equity, social justice, poverty and power. Drawing on these experiences to argue for innovative pedagogies and practices in planning, this book illuminates the frequently invisible work of planners in politics, the benefits of their training and education, and the wisdom that they can offer theorists, students and practitioners about transformative planning.
 
This book will be critical reading for researchers and students of spatial planning, urban geography and politics. Urban planners and politicians will also benefit from these insights into the political experience of planning.
Critical Acclaim
‘By focussing on individuals from around the world who have been both Politicians and Planners this book demystifies the worlds of Politicians as well as Planners and offer real life glimpses of collaboration as well as contestation between the two domains of social action. A must read for those who want to understand how to establish trust between Politicians and Planners which is essential for effective practice.’
– Bish Sanyal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US

‘What happens when planners become politicians? Based on a collection of biographical narratives of planning academics who became politicians, this book provides rich insight from diverse situations, while revealing some common themes. It will be a valuable resource for all those interested in how planning ideas, values and skills fare when advanced from political positions.'
– Patsy Healey, Newcastle University, UK
Contributors
Contributors: Y.K. Alagh, L. Albrechts, A. Balducci, A. Barbanente, A. da Rosa Pires, D. De Leo, J. Ferrão, A. Hagen, J. Lerner, E. Maricato, M. Sutcliffe, G. Tanaka, J.A. Throgmorton























Contents
Contents:

PART I INTRODUCTION
1 The challenge to make a difference 2
Louis Albrechts

PART II NATIONAL LEVEL
2 A favourable correlation of forces: the best possible base for
an academic in government in Brazil 11
Ermínia Maricato and Giselle Tanaka
3 Indian planning circa 2018 and past experience: did experts
make a difference? 37
Yoginder K. Alagh
4 From policy-scientist to science-informed politician.
Combining territorial imaginaries, external circumstances and
domestic possibilities 55
João Ferrão

PART III REGIONAL LEVEL
5 Finding spaces for innovation in regional planning practices
through enabling and contrasting actions 76
Angela Barbanente
6 Valuing and reframing knowledge production processes 99
Artur da Rosa Pires

PART IV CITY LEVEL
7 Of architects, mayors and Curitiba: a tale of a Brazilian city 122
Jaime Lerner
8 Struggling to make a difference: fighting the apartheid racial
order in local governance and planning 147
Michael Sutcliffe
9 Storytelling and city crafting in a contested age: one mayor’s
practice story 174
James A. Throgmorton
10 Forty years as a politician with a background in planning.
How did this affect me as politician and as a planner? 198
Aksel Hagen
11 Governing planning in Milan 224
Alessandro Balducci

PART V REFLECTIONS AND LESSONS LEARNED
12 Prof(ass)essori , politics and planning: lessons learned for
making a difference 242
Daniela De Leo
13 From the limits of planning to political engagement 259
Louis Albrechts

Index 277

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