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date: 21 January 2020

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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.

Keywords: institutions, planning, institutionalist projects, interdisciplinary enterprise, new institutionalism, power relations, social construction

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