National-Level Planning in Democratic CountriesAn International Comparison of City and Regional Policy-Making

National-Level Planning in Democratic CountriesAn International Comparison of City and Regional Policy-Making

Rachelle Alterman

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780853238454

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

Abstract

National-level spatial planning in democratic countries has been all but ignored by researchers in urban and regional planning since the reconstruction years following World War II. Being synonymous for many with repressive regimes and coercive government practices, national-level planning also fell into some disrepute. A set of specially commissioned papers from leading researchers has produced this comprehensive study of current national-level planning in ten countries of the developed world. Challenging common assumptions, this comparative international study finds that there seems to be a modest trend whereby, on the threshold of the twenty-first century, national-level planning has grown in importance in democratic, advanced-economy countries.