This article examines how spatial planning systems have changed in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece in times of economic recession and austerity politics, in amid pressures of external actors and local conditions and cultures. We analyse the round of reforms of spatial planning and territorial governance implemented by national governments under pressures by European institutions, as well as local responses to them. On the one hand, we highlight how European institutions have used the conditionalities attached to bailout packages and other instrument of pressure to frame what can be considered an implicit coherent ‘Southern European EU spatial planning policy’, or an EU spatial planning policy ‘by stealth’ . On the other, we suggest that Southern European planning amid crisis and austerity should be understood, together, as an ‘extreme’ field, where attempts of change clash with historical resistances; ‘prototypes’ for new rounds of neoliberalization; and a political space that continuously develops through top-down/bottom-up dialectic conflicts.

Spatial planning and territorial governance in Southern Europe between economic crisis and austerity policies / Tulumello, S.; Cotella, G.; Othengrafen, F.. - In: INTERNATIONAL PLANNING STUDIES. - ISSN 1356-3475. - STAMPA. - 25:1(2019), pp. 72-87. [10.1080/13563475.2019.1701422]

Spatial planning and territorial governance in Southern Europe between economic crisis and austerity policies

Cotella G.;
2019

Abstract

This article examines how spatial planning systems have changed in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece in times of economic recession and austerity politics, in amid pressures of external actors and local conditions and cultures. We analyse the round of reforms of spatial planning and territorial governance implemented by national governments under pressures by European institutions, as well as local responses to them. On the one hand, we highlight how European institutions have used the conditionalities attached to bailout packages and other instrument of pressure to frame what can be considered an implicit coherent ‘Southern European EU spatial planning policy’, or an EU spatial planning policy ‘by stealth’ . On the other, we suggest that Southern European planning amid crisis and austerity should be understood, together, as an ‘extreme’ field, where attempts of change clash with historical resistances; ‘prototypes’ for new rounds of neoliberalization; and a political space that continuously develops through top-down/bottom-up dialectic conflicts.
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