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The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography provides students of the sub-discipline with a highly contextualized and systematic overview of the latest thinking and research. Edited by key scholars, with international contributions from acknowledged authorities on the relevant research, The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography is divided into six sections: Scope and Development of Political Geography; Geographies of the State; Participation and Representation; Political Geographies of Difference; Geography, Policy, and Governance; and Global Political Geographies.

Planning, Space and Government
Planning, space and government
Introduction

Any delineation of space or territory and problematization of its characteristics implies the need for some form of administration (Hebbert, 1998: 100–2). This means that land use or spatial planning systems are pivotal elements in the government of territories and citizens. Conversely, almost all forms of state policy can be seen to have spatial implications of some sort. But the policies and practices, variously known as spatial, urban, regional or city planning, land use planning or development control, are some of the most explicitly spatial forms of state attempts to manage social and economic relations.

Spatial planning and land use control systems aim to allocate land uses to spaces, to order boundaries and connections between them, and to manage ...

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