- About the Contributors
- Planning as Scholarship: Origins and Prospects
- Collective Action: Balancing Public and Particularistic Interests
- Urban Planning and Regulation: The Challenge of The Market
- The Evolution of The Institutional Approach in Planning
- Varieties of Planning Experience: Toward a Globalized Planning Culture?
- Cultural Diversity
- Making Plans
- Cities, People, and Processes as Planning Case Studies
- From Good Intentions to A Critical Pragmatism
- Visualizing Information
- Modeling Urban Systems
- Codes and Standards
- Evolving Perspectives on the Arts, Place, and Development
- Reconnecting Urban Planning and Public Health
- Suburban Sprawl and “Smart Growth”
- Planning for Improved Air Quality and Environmental Health
- The Local Regulation of Climate Change
- The Evolving Role of Community Economic Development in Planning
- Housing: Planning and Policy Challenges
- Cities with Slums
- The Public Finance of Urban Form
- City Abandonment
- The Changing Character of Urban Redevelopment
- Gender, Cities, and Planning
- Frontiers in Land Use and Travel Research
- The Civics of Urban Planning
- Urban Informality: The Production of Space and Practice of Planning
- Citizen Planners: From Self-Help to Political Transformation
- The Real Estate Development Industry
- The Politics of Planning
- Reading Through A Plan: A Visual Theory of Plan Interpretation
- Planning and Citizenship
- Plan Assessment: Making and Using Plans Well
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article discusses the concept of institutions and explains why it is of central importance to planning. It outlines the intellectual history of institutions and describes current events that surround the resurgence of this vital concept. The article suggests that, despite the conflict among new institutionalist projects across the social sciences, planning as an interdisciplinary enterprise has been particularly adept at incorporating the various concepts for its purposes. It also identifies the problems with new institutionalism and stresses the need for new institutionalist projects to study how institutions change; how power relations are renegotiated in this process; and how these cognitive, social-construction processes might be connected with material conditions and outcomes that can inform current planning practice.
Annette M. Kim is Associate Professor of Urban Studies & Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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