The political nature of symbols: explaining institutional inertia and change

Savini, F and Dembski, S
(2018) The political nature of symbols: explaining institutional inertia and change. In: The Routledge Handbook of Planning and Institutions in Action. Routledge,New York, 274 - 288. ISBN 978-1-138-08573-2

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This chapter problematises how institutional change is conveyed through a political mobilisation of symbolic markers in spatial interventions. It conceptualises the relation between institutional norms and the endogenous capacity of political coalitions to convey institutional change. Coalitions reproduce systems of institutional meaning. However, they also actively convey new norms in urban space through symbolic acts, languages and artefacts, such as landmark icons, public events or slogans. These symbolic markers are embedded in socio-spatial contexts but they also drift institutions towards an idea of a future condition, built on a politically biased interpretation of social and spatial dynamics. We illustrate this process with an example of an urban development in Amsterdam-North.

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