Title: Territorial cohesion discourses: Hegemonic strategic concepts in European Spatial Planning
Authors: Servillo, Loris Antonio # ×
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Series Title: Planning Theory and Practice vol:11 issue:3 pages:397-416
Abstract: The paper1 reflects on the EU objective of territorial cohesion, exploring its role as a
catalytic concept around which several (spatial and non-spatial) discourses and policy practices have
been generated in European Spatial Planning. The assumption is that these discourses act as cultural
constructions which define the strategic selectivity of EU institutions and strategically orientate the
selective calculation of stakeholders’ behaviour and their policy-making activities. The paper further
explores the contents of spatial planning discourses related to the territorial cohesion objective
analysing the EU official literature and highlighting general trends and main focuses. It provides an
interpretative framework based on four categories: “principles”, “territorial dimensions”, “strategic
policy options”, and “governance aspects”.
ISSN: 1464-9357
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group Urban and Regional Planning (-)
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# (joint) last author

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