The state of metropolitan planning: decline or restructuring?

O. Yiftachel, I. Alexander

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The dynamic relations between the state, society, and metropolitan planning are explored. The changing role and function of the state in the context of rapid restructuring of economic and social relations in Australia during the past decade are discussed, along with the impact of processes such as globalisation, cyclic recessions, and the growing assertion of local communities on the state. The case of metropolitan planning in Perth during the past decade is explored. Three key aspects of the changing nature of planning in Perth are studied in detail: a 1987 proposal for a new metropolitan strategy; a 1990 adopted metropolitan plan which derived from the 1987 proposal; and several redevelopment initiatives currently under consideration. It is concluded that the Western Australian state - and subsequently metropolitan planning - have experienced significant challenges to their ability to influence urban change. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-296
Number of pages24
JournalEnvironment and Planning C: Politics and Space
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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