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See detailExamining Regional Competitiveness and the Pressures of Rapid Growth: An interpretive institutionalist account of policy responses in three city regions
Krueger, James Robert UL; Gibbs, David; Carr, Constance UL

in Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space (2018)

This paper is premised on the notion that actors play a central role in shaping their institutional contexts. The paper adds to scholarship in this area by bringing together three disparate cases with a ... [more ▼]

This paper is premised on the notion that actors play a central role in shaping their institutional contexts. The paper adds to scholarship in this area by bringing together three disparate cases with a common analytical entry point: the city region. Despite their multiple scales and different sites of governance, these cases are united by a common theme, exemplified in each city region: addressing the contradictions of rapid development, in particular rapid growth and competitiveness. Using the conceptual framework of interpretive institutionalism, we examine how dilemmas, in this case the pressure of rapid growth in regions, are informed by the different traditions for understanding the role of the market in delivering project outcomes. Our findings show this difference in institutional norms and the variance among the different paradigms. [less ▲]

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See detailInstitutionalizing alternative economic spaces? An interpretivist perspective on diverse economies
Krueger, James Robert UL; Schulz, Christian UL; Gibbs, David

in Progress in Human Geography (2018), 42(4), 569-589

This article offers an approach that helps geographers and others to carefully and critically reexamine prospects for diverse economies. We propose an interpretative institutionalist perspective is useful ... [more ▼]

This article offers an approach that helps geographers and others to carefully and critically reexamine prospects for diverse economies. We propose an interpretative institutionalist perspective is useful for elucidating overlooked opportunities for creating alternative economic visions and practices by revealing the process of ‘meaning making’ undertaken by actors in the process of developing policy responses to various dilemmas. We explore this notion in the context of de-growth or post-growth. De-growth is a way of thinking about the economy in ways that are not growth oriented, or fixated on GDP, but on the redistribution of wealth and living within the Earth’s ecosystems. [less ▲]

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See detailMarket Rulers: Interpretive institutionalism and market-based sustainability
Carr, Constance UL; Gibbs, David; Krueger, Robert

Presentation (2013, April)

This paper examines market based urban sustainability policy through the lens of interpretive institutionalism. Interpretive institutionalism, an approach that emerged in British political science and has ... [more ▼]

This paper examines market based urban sustainability policy through the lens of interpretive institutionalism. Interpretive institutionalism, an approach that emerged in British political science and has been applied to geographical analyses of governance (c.f. Bevir and Rhodes 2006; Krueger and Gibbs 2010; Krueger and Gibbs 2012), is an analysis of how institution are created, sustained or modified through the ideas and actions of individuals’ (Bevir and Rhodes, 1999: 225). The actions of individuals are therefore not governed by their institutional position or institutional rules; rather, ‘how meanings and actions, are created, recreated and changed in ways that produce and transform institutions’ (Bevir, 2003: 460). Interpretive institutionalism views institutions like economic actors or firms: as creations of broader social processes, as well as the agency of actors working to construct them and act through them. Institutions can be seen not only as administrative and political organizations, but also as ‘the rules, norms and practices, which structure areas of social endeavour’ (Coaffee and Healey, 2003: 1982). Hence, ‘institutional rules may be consciously designed and clearly specified (as in structural plans and operating procedures) or take the form of unwritten customs and conventions’ (Lowndes and Wilson, 2001: 632). This paper examines how such rules are made under ‘market-based’ conditions to urban sustainable development: so-called ‘New Urbanism’ or ‘Smart Growth’ in the US. Here we examine how actors shape and reshape what the positivist social sciences consider ontologically fixed relationships. We explore these policies in three contexts: the US, England, and Luxembourg. This comparative approach enables us to understand how these policies travel across space and are re-embedded in place, and thus to move beyond the particular case study to understand how actors intervene in markets in new and interesting ways. [less ▲]

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