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Networks

Networks

Related terms: resources; cross-boundary ties; policy formulation; complexity; systems; actors; hybrids; flows; mobilities; relations

Introduction

Planners play an important role in structuring and shaping policy and effecting decisions through networks of relations and resources. The term is typically applied to a physical arrangement of elements as an interrelated ‘grouping’. However, the common usage of the word network does not fully convey its range of meaning and importance and this is insufficient for planners and others engaging with development and spatial policy. Arising from this, questions need to be posed about what constitutes networks, how they operate and the relevance of this concept in relation to planning practice.

The analysis and consideration of the shaping of networks as ‘sets of relations’ is increasingly seen as an important part ...

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