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Policy and Politics, Vol. 7 No.2 (1979), 123-142 123 The Implementation of Urban and Regional Planning Policies Janet Lewis and Rob Flynn In May 1978 the Planning Policy Analysis Unit of the Department of the Environment commissioned a feasibility study from a consortium of staff from the Policy Studies Institute, the Urban and Regional Studies Unit at Kent University and the School for Advanced Urban Studies in Bristol. 1 The Department's concern was with the problems of implementing urban and regional planning and they wished to commission a research programme

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homes. It seems that the overall population density is not the critical factor, but the density in homes is, which again correlates with income and education. In sum, the conditions related to social inequality seem to be decisive, more so than the compactness of the city as built form. Implications for urban and regional planning In the data presented, we do not find support for the argument that the compact city model should be replaced in the face of the present and possible future pandemics. In the same vein, we do not observe a better adaptation of car

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Policy and Politics, Vol. 11No.1 (1983)87-98 CAN REGIONAL PLANNING WORK: Experiences from a Research Project on the Implementation of Spatial Policies in the Federal Republic of Germany* Manfred Konukiewitz Introduction Until the fairly recent past, physical planners in Germany were not con- cerned about implementation. They had little reason to worry. Town planning has traditionally not gone much beyond land-use planning by regulating the kinds and the extent of permitted land uses, albeit with a sophisticated instrument set.' When town planning originated in

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Exploring Uneven Development in Dynamic Urban Regions of the Global North

This book explores cities and the intra-regional relational dynamics often overlooked by urban scholars, and it challenges common representations of urban development successes and failures.

Gathering leading international scholars from Europe, Australia and North America, it explores the secondary city concept in urban development theory and practice and advances a research agenda that highlights uneven development concerns.

By emphasising the subordinate status of secondary cities relative to their dominant neighbours the book raises new questions about regional development in the Global North. It considers alternative relations and development strategies that innovatively reimagine the subordinate status of secondary cities and showcase their full potential.

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The state of the regions
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It provides the first up-to-date and comprehensive picture of the state of regionalism in England. Charting the regionalisation of England that has occurred over recent years, the book:

examines the background to the ‘English Question’;

outlines factors leading to regionalisation in England;

presents a new region by region analysis of the social, economic and political conditions;

considers the arguments for regional government.

Policy makers, practitioners, academics, students, journalists and others who need to understand and keep up to date with the development of governance of the English regions will find this book to be an indispensable resource.

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As housing supply in England reaches crisis point, Duncan Bowie provides a critical review of housing policy under successive UK governments. From Blair’s New Labour and Cameron’s Coalition government to the 2016 Housing and Planning Act, Bowie demonstrates how successive governments have failed to provide adequate, affordable housing, leading to a chronic lack of provision.

Exploring the inter-relationship between housing, planning and land policies, Bowie puts forward a reform programme based on an alternative set of policy priorities and delivery mechanisms, arguing the case for an integrated approach on land, taxation, planning and public investment to provide radical solutions to a growing crisis.

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International and comparative perspectives

Population shifts and an increase in the number of natural (and man-made) disasters are having a profound effect on urban and rural habitats globally. This book brings together for the first time the experiences and knowledge of international contributors from academia, research, policy and practice to discuss the role of spatial planning after significant disasters. It highlights on-going efforts to improve spatial resilience across the globe and predicts future trends. Comparisons from five countries including Japan, the US, Indonesia, Slovakia and Germany, highlight the influence of significant disasters on spatial planning and spatial resiliency under different legal-administrative and cultural frameworks.

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Planning is a battleground of ideas and interests, perhaps more visibly and continuously than ever before in the UK. These battles play out nationally and at every level, from cities to the smallest neighbourhoods.

Marshall goes to the root of current planning models and exposes who is acting for what purposes across these battlegrounds. He examines the ideological structuring of planning and the interplay of political forces which act out conflicting interest positions.

This book discusses how structures of planning can be improved and explores how we can generate more effective political engagements in the future.

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Planning for City Foresight and City Visions

City visions represent shared, and often desirable, expectations about our urban futures. This book explores the history and evolution of city visions, placing them in the wider context of art, culture, science, foresight and urban theory.

It highlights and critically reviews examples of city visions from around the world, contrasting their development and outlining the key benefits and challenges in planning such visions.

The authors show how important it is to think about the future of cities in objective and strategic ways, engaging with a range of stakeholders – something more important than ever as we look to visions of a sustainable future beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

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Cities play a major role in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic as many measures are adopted at the scale of cities and involve adjustments to the way urban areas operate.

Drawing from case studies across the globe, this book explores how the pandemic and the policies it has prompted have caused changes in the ways cities function. The contributors examine the advancing social inequality brought on by the pandemic and suggest policies intended to contain contagion whilst managing the economy in these circumstances.

Offering crucial insights for reforming cities to be more resilient to future crises, this is an invaluable resource for scholars and policy makers alike.

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