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Institutional design for sustainable development

Town Planning Review (2006), 77, (1), 1–27.

Abstract

Institutions and sustainable development are linked through planning for sustainable development and institutional design is an important aspect of planning. This paper defines institutional design as involved in all intentional institutional transformations, both innovative or radical and evolutionary. Three 'levels' of institutional design and their practitioners are described, and related respectively to three fields of institutional design-related knowledge – governance, coordination and agency. Three cases illustrate institutional design – military base closure by the US Congress, Amsterdam metropolitan-regional governance, and the national statutory planning system in Israel. A critical analysis of Israel's planning system shows an application of institutional analysis and design to sustainable development.

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