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Planning and Knowledge: How New Forms of Technocracy Are Shaping Contemporary Cities

Mike Raco and Federico Savini


This book uses an international perspective and draws on a wide range of new conceptual and empirical material to examine the sources of conflict and cooperation within the different landscapes of knowledge that are driving contemporary urban change. Based on the premise that historically established systems of regulation and control are being subject to unprecedented pressures, the book critically reflects on the changing role of planning and governance in sustainable urban development, looking at how a shift in power relations between expert and local cultures in western planning processes h ... More

Keywords: conflict, cooperation, urban change, planning, governance, sustainable urban development, sustainable development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781447345244
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447345244.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mike Raco, editor
University College London

Federico Savini, editor
University of Amsterdam

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Part I Conceptual framings of technocracy

1 The rise of a new urban technocracy

Federico Savini and Mike Raco

Part II Public planning and bureaucracies in contemporary urban development politics

Part III Corporate knowledge and the land and property development sector

Part IV Private consultants and the delivery of public policy

Part V New constellations of actors and the management and governance of contemporary cities

15 Smart cities, algorithmic technocracy and new urban technocrats

Rob Kitchin, Claudio Coletta, Leighton Evans, Liam Heaphy and Darach Mac Donncha

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