Julkaisun nimiAccepting Depoliticisation? Council Members’ Attitudes Towards Public-Public Contracts in Spatial Planning
KirjoittajatPiia Bäcklund, Vesa Kanninen, Tomas Hanell
JulkaisijaPlanning Theory & Practice


This paper focuses on how local council members consider public-public contractual spatial planning practices. Our approach addresses concerns over the depoliticisation of planning processes within a neoliberal governmentality. Our findings from three Nordic countries show that some of the council members accept being sidelined from contractual processes. Local council members may thus become complicit political subjects who foster depoliticisation through their own actions. We argue that council members’ interpretations concerning contractual practices give direction, not only to future planning practice, but also to societal understanding of the idea of the political in spatial planning.