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Planners in Politics

Do they Make a Difference? Edited by Louis Albrechts, Research Unit of Planning and Development and Department of Architecture, University of Leuven, Belgium
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.
Extent: c 320 pp
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Publication Date: March 2020
ISBN: 978 1 83910 010 9
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  • Law - Academic
  • Regulation and Governance
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Regulation and Governance
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Planning
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.
‘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 include: Y. 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.Throgmorton

























Contents:

Part I Introduction
1. The challenge to make a difference
Louis Albrechts

Part II National level
2. A Favourable Correlation of Forces: The Best Possible Base for an Academic in Government
Erminia Maricato and Giselle Tanaka

3. Indian Planning Circa 2018 and Past Experience-Did Experts Make a Difference?
Yoginder Alagh

4. From policy-scientist to science-informed politician. Combining territorial imaginaries, external circumstances and domestic possibilities
João Ferrão

Part III Regional level
5. Finding spaces for innovation in regional planning practices through enabling and contrasting actions
Angela Barbanente

6. Valuing and Reframing Knowledge Production Processes
Artur da Rosa Pires

Part IV City level
7. Of Architects, Mayors and Curitiba: A Tale of a Brazilian City
Jaime Lerner

8. Struggling to make a difference: fighting the apartheid racial order in local governance and planning
Michael Sutcliffe

9. Storytelling and City Crafting in a Contested Age: One Mayor’s Practice Story
Jim Throgmorton

10. Forty years as a politician with a background in planning. How did this affect me as politician and as a planner?
Aksel Hagen

11. Governing Planning in Milan
Alessandro Balducci

Part V Reflections and lessons learned
12. The prof(ass)essors lessons learnt: skills, suggestions and addresses for making a difference
Daniela de Leo

13. From the limits of planning to political engagement
Louis Albrechts

Index