Can the market be tamed? A thought experiment on the value(s) of planning

Lord, A ORCID: 0000-0001-8591-3439 and Gu, Y ORCID: 0000-0002-4594-4852
(2019) Can the market be tamed? A thought experiment on the value(s) of planning. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 51 (1). 11 - 24.

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In many contexts across the globe, the scope and remit of planning is being limited. Much of the academic literature identifies this tendency as arising from a tension between planning as a state-regulatory activity and the tenets of neoliberalism – particularly free market competition. In this essay, we seek to explore the degree to which this perceived incompatibility between planning and the neoliberal order is genuinely real by running a thought experiment. We hope to show that thinking about the development process in this way points to alternative ways of imagining the scope and remit of planning – and how the normative principles at the core of the activity might be reconciled, or even extended, within the context of a neoliberal polity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Planning, Thought experiment, Development process
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2018 15:55
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2021 11:47
DOI: 10.1177/0308518X18784600
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