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Plofkipdemocratie: pleidooi voor verkiezingen! Hoe ogenschijnlijke democratisering de legitimiteit van de democratie ondergraaft.

Plofkipdemocratie: pleidooi voor verkiezingen! Hoe ogenschijnlijke democratisering de legitimiteit van de democratie ondergraaft. ‘Het zijn allemaal zakkenvullers!’ ‘Waarom stemmen, ze doen toch wat ze zelf willen?’ ‘Hunnie veranderen toch weer van… Read more Plofkipdemocratie: pleidooi voor verkiezingen! Hoe ogenschijnlijke democratisering de legitimiteit van de democratie ondergraaft.

Crisis biedt wetenschap kansen om rol in de ruimtelijke ordening te herzien

Kritiek vanuit de wetenschap op de ruimtelijke ordening was lang schaars. Over de perversies van de ruimtelijke ordening en de discutabele rol van de wetenschap daarin. De ruimtelijke ordening in Nederland is vaak voorgesteld als een succes. Kritiek erop was schaars omdat wetenschappers de ruimtelijke ordening dienden en legitimeerden. De crisis dwingt de rol van wetenschap in de Nederlandse ruimtelijke ordening te herzien. Lees hier verder.

Book presentation: Evolutionary Governance Theory | Monday, December 9, 2013, 15:00 h. | Room C 63 of the Leeuwenborch building, Wageningen University

The challenges of contemporary societies demand new theoretical approaches that integrate social with environmental and life sciences. Evolutionary Governance Theory is a theoretical framework that adds new insights to now fashionable work on complex adaptive systems. During this meeting we will discuss novel ways to understand change and evolution in governance and how these can be used to design interventions that enhance the reflexive and adaptive capacities of governance. DATE/TIME: Monday, December 9, 2013, 15:00 h. LOCATION: Room C 63 of the Leeuwenborch building, Wageningen University ORGANISATION: Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen | Strategic Communication… Read more Book presentation: Evolutionary Governance Theory | Monday, December 9, 2013, 15:00 h. | Room C 63 of the Leeuwenborch building, Wageningen University

Making things irreversible. Object stabilization in urban planning and design

Based on a detailed reconstruction of the planning process of a controversial major building in the Dutch city of Groningen, we develop a theoretical and conceptual framework for studying object formation and stabilisation. We argue that the many forms of resistance against the object itself triggered a variety of counter-strategies of object formation. We make a distinction between sites, paths and techniques of object formation. To study object formation in more detail we distinguish three techniques: reification, solidification and codification. The techniques of object formation are accompanied by three techniques… Read more Making things irreversible. Object stabilization in urban planning and design

Formal/Informal Dialectics and the Self-Transformation of Spatial Planning Systems: An Exploration

In this article, we present a perspective on the interaction between formal and informal institutions in spatial planning in which they transform each other continuously, in processes that can be described and analyzed as ongoing reinterpretations. The effects of configurations and dialectics are often ambiguous, only partially observable, different in different domains and at different times. By means of analyses of key concepts in planning theory and practice, this perspective is illustrated and developed. Finally, we analyze transformation options in planning systems, emphasizing the limits of formal institutions in transforming… Read more Formal/Informal Dialectics and the Self-Transformation of Spatial Planning Systems: An Exploration

The good, the bad and the self-referential: heritage planning and the productivity of difference

Heritage planning, as an integrated approach to dealing with traces of the past in the ongoing organisation of the landscape, must be a trans-disciplinary endeavour. Bridging differences between scientific disciplines, as well as sciences and the law, administration, politics and economy, is a continuous challenge. We argue that Niklas Luhmann’s social systems theory, with its sophisticated understanding of society as an evolving population of social systems, is very useful in understanding the value and difficulty of trespassing boundaries in heritage planning, and in understanding the value of conflict and cultivated… Read more The good, the bad and the self-referential: heritage planning and the productivity of difference