I have examined conflicts that arise when city planners of different seniority and education work together in a city-planning department of the municipality of Copenhagen (Center for Bydesign, CBD). Discussions on city planning in four focus groups were analyzed using social constructivistic neoinstitutionalistic theory. I conclude that the planners mainly agree on the goals for good city planning. However, when it comes to the organizational structure of the planning process, I find conflicts between different socially constructed institutions. Planners with a short seniority focus, independently of their education, on citizen participation, while planners with a long seniority see their professionalism as the most important institution. I see a change from government to governance in organization as well as in planning. The change is not fully integrated yet, as it is not found in the dominating institution, held by the senior planners; they do not see the conditions of working in a political organisation in today’s society as a positive challenge. I recommend that CBD takes advantage of the institutional conflicts among their city planners and use the differences constructively.
|Uddannelser||Geografi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatVirksomhedsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||26 jun. 2009|