Spatial Planning Systems and Practices

  • Patsy Healey
Part of the Planning Environment Cities book series (PEC)


The institutionalist approach emphasises the social relations through which collective action is accomplished, producing public policy discourses and relational resources through which material and cultural benefits are developed, and activities regulated. It focuses attention not only on the formal organizations legally charged with policy responsibilities, but also on the relational webs which connect these to wider arenas and networks and the collective managing processes which occur in these arenas. A ‘field’ of public policy is thus an aggregation of formal organizations and informal relationships through which collective action with respect to a set of concerns is accomplished.


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© Patsy Healey 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patsy Healey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Town and Country PlanningUniversity of Newcastle upon TyneUK

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