Spatial Planning Systems in Europe


Spatial Planning Systems in Europe

Comparison and Trajectories

9781839106248 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Vincent Nadin, Emeritus Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy, Department of Urbanism, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, Giancarlo Cotella, Associate Professor of Spatial Planning, Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, Politecnico di Torino, Italy and Peter Schmitt, Professor of Human Geography with focus on Urban and Regional Planning, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, Sweden
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 83910 624 8 Extent: 328 pp
This insightful book provides a comprehensive and comparative account of the current state and trajectories of spatial planning in 32 European countries. The book also explains how European governments are reforming spatial planning to meet new challenges, and how the European Union and its Cohesion Policy have shaped change through the Europeanisation of territorial governance.

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In the context of post-pandemic recovery and the urgent need for more resilient cities and regions to combat climate change, there has never been a more important time for spatial planning. This comprehensive account of the current state and trajectories of spatial planning in 32 European countries offers a systematic comparison of its characteristics, position in government and implementation. There is an emphasis on the role of spatial planning in coordinating the spatial impacts of sectoral policies.

Chapters by experts in the field explain how governments are reforming spatial planning to meet new challenges, and how the European Union and its cohesion policy shape change through the Europeanisation of territorial governance. Although the capacity of nations, regions and cities to effectively govern the transformation of their territories remains as diverse as ever, this book identifies common trends towards a more responsive and inclusive spatial planning.

Scholars and students of comparative spatial planning will value cross-country insights from the analysis. Planning professionals and policy makers will benefit from the knowledge of trends and policy reforms in other countries.

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‘Incisive, insightful, and indisputably the most current and comprehensive treatise on spatial planning on the European continent. Written by a team of Europe’s leading planning scholars, the book does much more than characterize and contrast some 250 planning instruments and 31 planning structures in the European Union, but brings clarity to the nuanced concepts of territorial cohesion, balanced development, subsidiarity and indeed the distinctive meaning of the term spatial planning itself. In doing so it provides a conceptual foundation for assessing whether the European Union is progressing towards a more sustainable, equitable, and prosperous European continent. The book is a must-read for students of planning systems all over the globe and especially for those who seek to understand, or strive to meet, the spatial complexities of the European experiment.’
– Gerrit-Jan Knaap, University of Maryland, US

‘It is essential for governments to comprehend spatial planning systems to achieve sustainability and resilience in the face of climate challenges. This book provides insights from 39 European countries about the changing landscape of spatial planning reform. It is a valuable resource that navigates the complexities of territorial governance, and promotes collaborative and inclusive approaches for effective planning. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in this subject!’
– Tuna Tasan-Kok, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands,

‘This extensive comparison of planning practices across vertical and horizontal systems within the European context is an extremely valuable contribution to a necessary rethinking of what the future of planning needs to look like in times of accelerating change, growing uncertainty, and constant disruption. A must-read for every planner who has an interest in learning from different planning systems and improving the work planners do.’
– Petra Hurtado, American Planning Association, Chicago, US

‘This book offers a comprehensive comparison of spatial planning as practised throughout Europe. Hailing from its various corners, the authors cast their nets wider and offer a veritable compendium, of the state of the art.’
– Andreas Faludi, Emeritus Professor of Spatial Policy Systems in Europe, Delft, the Netherlands
Contributors include: Maria Bednarek-Szczepańska, Erblin Berisha, Kai Böhme, Nataša Čolić, Giancarlo Cotella, Marcin Dąbrowski, Gavin Daly, Bożena Degórska, Ana María Fernández-Maldonado, Katarzyna Goch, Umberto Janin Rivolin, Tomasz Komornicki, Christian Lüer, Vincent Nadin, Zorica Nedović-Budić, Kasia Piskorek, Peter Schmitt, Przemysław Śleszyński, Lukas Smas, Barbara Szejgiec-Kolenda, Dominic Stead, Wil Zonneveld

1 Spatial planning systems: a European perspective 2
Vincent Nadin, Giancarlo Cotella and Peter Schmitt
2 Cross-national comparison of spatial planning systems:
a review of experience in Europe 28
Vincent Nadin, Giancarlo Cotella and Peter Schmitt
3 The meaning of spatial planning in the law of European countries 65
Kasia Piskorek and Vincent Nadin
4 The multi-level nature of spatial planning and territorial
governance 89
Wil Zonneveld and Dominic Stead
5 On the diversity of spatial planning instruments across Europe 110
Lukas Smas and Peter Schmitt
6 On the relation between spatial planning and sectoral
policy fields in Europe 128
Peter Schmitt and Lukas Smas
7 Reform of European spatial planning systems: integration,
adaptation and participation 151
Vincent Nadin, Ana María Fernández-Maldonado, Marcin
Dąbrowski and Dominic Stead
8 European territorial governance and its influence on
spatial planning systems 176
Giancarlo Cotella and Umberto Janin Rivolin
9 European territorial governance in practice: on the
relationship between cohesion policy and spatial planning
at the local and regional level 200
Tomasz Komornicki, Barbara Szejgiec-Kolenda, Maria
Bednarek-Szczepańska, Bożena Deg—rska, Przemysław
Śleszyński and Katarzyna Goch
10 Potential future enlargement: spatial planning in the
Western Balkans 218
Giancarlo Cotella, Zorica Nedović-Budić, Erblin Berisha
and Nataša Čolić
11 Relearn policy learning! Spatial planning in times of disruption 248
Kai Böhme and Christian Lüer
12 The classification of spatial planning in Europe: added
value and challenges 268
Vincent Nadin, Giancarlo Cotella and Peter Schmitt
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